EDMONTON, March 1, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of
Public Works and Government Services, Minister for Status of Women and
Member of Parliament (Edmonton-Spruce Grove), accompanied by the
Honourable Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament (Edmonton Centre), on
behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and
Official Languages, today announced an investment from the Government
of Canada in the Edmonton Opera Association. This investment will
support renovations and infrastructure improvements to the
organization's new production facility.
"The Edmonton Opera has been a pillar of our cultural community for the
past 50 years, and we are pleased to be a partner in its continued
success," said Minister Ambrose. "This investment supports the
modernization of this much-needed space, benefitting the artists and
our region's economy."
Funding will allow the Edmonton Opera Association to renovate a
22,500-square-foot warehouse in northwest Edmonton for use as a new,
consolidated production centre. The facility will provide space to
create and store sets, as well as props and costumes. It will also
house the Opera's artistic and production staff and will be available
for use by other theatre organizations in the Alberta Capital Region.
"Arts and culture organizations contribute to the vitality of our
communities and enrich the quality of life of all Canadians," said
Minister Moore. "Today's announcement demonstrates our commitment to
ensuring that organizations like the Edmonton Opera Association have
the resources they need to improve facilities, so that they can
continue to provide high-quality artistic experiences to Canadians."
"We are thrilled the Government of Canada is investing in arts and
culture by supporting our new production facility," said Sandra Gajic,
Chief Executive Officer, Edmonton Opera. "This facility allows us not
only adequate storage and set and costume build space, but the
opportunity to be active in our community, as an employer of numerous
trades and a strong member of the arts and culture scene in Edmonton."
The Edmonton Opera, founded in 1963 as the Edmonton Professional Opera
Association, will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. The company predominantly serves audiences in
central and northern Alberta, Saskatchewan, and northeastern British
Columbia, with close to 18,000 patrons enjoying its main stage
productions each year.
The Government of Canada has provided $450,000 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to improve
physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentations or
exhibitions. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to
performing arts, visual arts, media arts, museum collections, and
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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