Harper Government Invests in Culture in British Columbia

VANCOUVER, Nov. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - New investments in British Columbia's cultural communties are creating jobs and economic growth throughout the province, thanks to support from the Government of Canada. Investments in 77 projects were announced today by James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, at the Gordon and Marion Smith Foundation for Young Artists in North Vancouver.

Funding will support a wide range of projects that will help strenghten the economy, boost tourism, and bring people together in communities across British Columbia. Among the organizations receiving support are the Denman Island Recreation Committee, the Dance Victoria Society, the Gordon and Marion Smith Foundation for Young Artists, the Burnaby Art Gallery, and the Société francophone de Victoria.

"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in projects that create jobs and help ensure that British Columbia's economy remains strong," said Minister Moore. "By supporting these activities, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and support our arts, culture, heritage, and official languages."

"We are ecstatic with this news," said Bill MacDonald, Executive Director of the Smith Foundation and Curator of the Artists For Kids collection. "Having the federal government as a supporting partner means much to the emergence of this new cultural institution for Metro Vancouver. The acclaimed Artists For Kids permanent collection will finally be shared with the local community. This new public art gallery tailored to young audiences will also celebrate Canadian culture by providing fitting inspiration to the next generation of great Canadian artists."

The Government of Canada has provided total funding of $3,765,950 through six programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage: the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, the Cooperation with the Community Sector component of the Development of Official-Language Communities Program, the Museums Assistance Program, and the Youth Take Charge program. For more information about the projects, see the attached backgrounder.

BACKGROUNDER

Today's announcement includes the following projects:

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage
The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

Armstrong Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce - Harvest Pumpkin Festival (2011-2012) $15,800
Armstrong Interior Provincial Exhibition - Interior Provincial Exhibition (2011-2012) $66,300
Coquitlam Coquitlam Place des Arts Society - Light up the Square: A Lantern (2011-2012) $2,400
Denman Island Denman Island Recreation Committee - Denman Community Hall Foundation Restoration Project (2011-2012) $110,000
Duncan Cowichan Social Planning Committee - Walk of the Nations Festival (2011-2012) $7,800
Duncan Cowichan Station Area Association - Rebuilding "The Hub" for the Next 125 years (2011-2012 and 2012-2013) $265,000
Esquimalt Esquimalt Centennial Celebrations Committee - Esquimalt Centennial Celebrations (2011-2012 and 2012-2013) $30,970
Lake Country Lake Country Artwalk Planning Committee - Lake Country Artwalk (2011-2012) $4,700
Lytton Lytton River Festival Society - Lytton River Festival (2011-2012) $14,600
McBride Robson Valley Arts and Culture Council - Fraser Heritage Festival (2011-2012) $4,300
Nanaimo Nanaimo Conservatory of Music - Vancouver Island Music Festival (2011-2012) $3,400
Nelson Nelson History Theatre Society - Nelson Arts and Heritage Festival (2011-2012) $4,400
New Westminster Fraser River Discovery Centre - B.C. Rivers Day Festival (2011-2012) $6,400
Penticton Penticton Peach Festival Society - Penticton Peach Festival (2011-2012) $18,400
Port Alberni Committee of 11: Port Alberni Centennial Celebration (2012-2013) $43,780
Port Alberni Alberni District Fall Fair (2011-2012) $3,700
Port Moody Port Moody Heritage Society - Ioco Ghost Town Days (2011-2012) $5,600
Rossland Rossland Golden City Days (2011-2012) $2,600
Sidney Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula - Sidney Fine Art Show & ArtSea Festival (2011-2012) $31,700
Smithers Bulkley Valley Kinsmen - Kinsmen Stage (2011-2012 and 2012-2013) $68,000
Vancouver Asian-Canadian Special Events Association - TAIWANfest (2011-2012) $9,400
Vancouver Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Society - 5th Annual Our Community Bridging Celebration (2011-2012) $3,300
Vancouver Secret Lantern Society - 18th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival (2011-2012) $18,500
Vancouver Eastside Culture Crawl - Echo Chamber (2011-2012) $11,000
Vancouver Diwali Celebration Society - Vancouver Celebrates Diwali Festival (2011-2012) $6,000
Vernon North Okanagan Music Festival Society - Rarearth Jazz and Blues Fest (2011-2012) $23,500
Victoria Suddenly Dance Theatre Society - 14th ROMP! Festival of Independent Dance (2011-2012) $5,400
West Vancouver Dundarave Festival of Lights Society - Dundarave Festival of Lights 20th Anniversary (2011-2012) $41,100
West Vancouver West Vancouver Historical Society - West Vancouver Centennial Celebration (2011-2012) $95,000
Total: 29 projects   $923,050

Canada Arts Presentation Fund
The Canada Arts Presentation Fund gives Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

Bella Coola Discovery Coast Music Festival - 2011 Discovery Coast Music Festival (2011-2012) $19,000
Courtenay Comox Valley Folk Society - Vancouver Island MusicFest 2011 (2011-2012) $25,000
Courtenay Sid Williams Theatre Society - "The Stars Always Shine at the Sid" series (2011-2012 and 2012-2013) $50,000
Duncan Cowichan Folk Guild - Cowichan Folk Guild festival (2011-2012 and 2012-2013) $36,000
Kelowna Chamber Music Kelowna Society - 2011-2012 Concert Series (2011-2012)  $8,000
Kelowna Kelowna Visual and Performing Arts - Rotary Centre for the Arts Spotlight Series (2010-2011 and 2011-2012) $30,000
Kitimat Kitimat Concert Association - Kitimat Concert series 2011-2012 (2011-2012) $6,000
Penticton Okanagan International Children's Festival Society - Okanagan International Children's Festival (2011-2012 and 2012-2013) $70,000
Smithers Bulkley Valley Concert Association - 2011-2012 Performing Arts Series (2011-2012) $4,000
Tofino and Ucluelet Pacific Rim Arts Society - Pacific Rim Summer Festival (2011-2012 and 2012-2013) $20,000
Vancouver Made in B.C. - Dance on Tour (2011-2012 and 2012-2013) $150,000
Victoria Belfry Theatre Society - SPARK Festival (2011-2012 and 2012-2013) $40,000
Victoria Dance Victoria Society - Dance Victoria 2010-2012 season (2010-2011 and 2011-2012) $130,000
Victoria Early Music Society of the Islands - Early Music 2011-2012 season (2011-2012) $8,000
Victoria Runnymede Enhancement Society - Antimatter Film Festival (2011-2012) $19,000
Victoria Victoria B.C. Ska Society - Victoria's 12th Annual Ska Festival (2011-2012) $7,000
Victoria Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival - 2012 Victoria Film Festival (2011-2012) $15,000
Wells Island Mountain Arts Society - Artswells Festival 2011 (2011-2012) $5,000
Total: 18 projects   $642,000

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund
The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund program seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing, visual, and media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays.

North Vancouver Gordon and Marion Smith Foundation for Young Artists - Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art (2011-2012) $350,000

Cooperation with the Community Sector Component of the Development of Official-Language Communities Program
This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage aims to foster the development of Canada's minority Anglophone and Francophone communities and enable them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life.

Campbell River Association francophone de Campbell River - 2011-2012, 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 programming (2011-2012, 2012-2013 and 2013-2014) $195,000
Comox Association francophone de la Vallée de Comox - 2011-2012 programming (2011-2012) $30,000
Kamloops Association francophone de Kamloops - 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 programming (2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013) $135,925
Kelowna Centre culturel francophone de l'Okanagan - 2011-2012, 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 programming (2011-2012) $59,988
Nanaimo Association des francophones de Nanaimo - 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 programming (2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013) $185,875
Nanaimo Association des francophones de Nanaimo - Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d'Érable 2012 (2011-2012) $15,000
Nelson Association des francophones des Kootenays Ouest - 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 programming (2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013) $185,875
Nelson Association des francophones des Kootenays Ouest - 25 ans dans les Kootenays Ouest: Une célébration tout en théâtre (2011-2012) $25,000
Prince George Cercle des canadiens français de Prince George - 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 programming (2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013) $185,875
Prince Rupert Association des francophones et francophiles du Nord-Ouest - Festival culturel d'hiver (2011-2012) $9,000
Prince Rupert Association des francophones et francophiles du Nord Ouest - 2011-2012 programming (2011-2012) $46,871
Victoria Société francophone de Victoria - 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 programming (2010-2011 and 2011-2012) $214,037
Total: 12 projects   $1,288,446

Museums Assistance Program
This program provides funding to Canadian museums and related institutions for projects that foster excellence in museum activities and that facilitate access to the treasures of our collective heritage.

Abbotsford Abbotsford Cultural Centre - Man Turned to Stone: Txwelatse Exhibition (2011-2012) $40,000
Burnaby Burnaby Art Gallery - Chornicles of Form and Place: Works on Paper by Takao Tanabe (2011-2012) $78,200
Burnaby National Nikkei Museum and Heritage Centre - Japanese Canadian National Museum storage expansion (2011-2012) $19,210
New Westminster Fraser River Discovery Centre Society - Aboriginal Education Program (2011-2012) $24,460
Penticton Corporation of the City of Penticton - Penticton Museum Collections upgrade project (2011-2012) $36,320
Port Moody Port Moody Heritage Society - Storage Upgrade (2011-2012) $25,000
Rossland Heritage Federation of South-Eastern British Columbia - Mixed Collections: Best Practices for Processing Collections of Artifacts and Archival Material (2011-2012) $6,490
Vancouver University of British Columbia - Beaty Biodiversity Museum: Barcoding Significant Vascular Specimens (2011-2012) $44,000
Vancouver University of British Columbia - Doug Cranmer: Pal'nakwala Wakas (River of Overflowing Wealth) (2011-2012 and 2012-2013) $49,850
Vancouver Vancouver Maritime Museum - Building 14 Collections Management (2011-2012) $33,100
Vancouver Vancouver Museum Society - Textile Storage Improvement (2011-2012) $17,800
Victoria Art Gallery of Greater Victoria - Systems modernization project (2011-2012) $37,600
Victoria Maritime Museum of British Columbia - Temporary artifact storage project (2011-2012) $4,624
Victoria Art Gallery of Greater Victoria - Edo, Arts of Japan's Last Shogun Age (2011-2012) $20,700
Westbank Westbank First Nation - Building and Improving Aboriginal Collections Management Practices (2011-2012) $49,800
Whistler Whistler Museum and Archives Society (2011-2012) $25,300
Total: 16 projects   $512,454

Youth Take Charge
The Youth Take Charge program supports youth-led projects and is getting young Canadians involved in a range of activities designed to strengthen their knowledge and attachment to Canada.

Vancouver The Vancouver Out on Screen Film and Video Society - Out in Schools: National Youth Anti-Homophobia Public Service (2011-2012 and 2012-2013) $50,000

 

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information:

For more information (media only), please contact:

Sébastien Gariépy
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of
Canadian Heritage and
Official Languages
819-997-7788
    Perry Boldt
Regional Manager
Communications
Western Region
Canadian Heritage
604-666-5739
    Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
819-994-9101
1-866-569-6155
media@pch.gc.ca

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)

 


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