GOLDEN, BC, June 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Arts and culture in the Kootenays
received a boost today that will help stimulate the economy and promote
jobs and growth. Funding for the Golden District Arts Council was
announced by David Wilks, Member of Parliament (Kootenay-Columbia), on
behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and
Official Languages and Senior Regional Minister for British Columbia.
Funding will support the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 performing arts series,
to be presented in Golden's newly renovated Civic Centre. This
investment will provide residents and visitors alike with access to
live performances, in a variety of disciplines, by emerging and
established artists from British Columbia and across Canada.
"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in
organizations that showcase and promote Canada's talent," said
Minister Moore. "By supporting this local performing arts series, our
Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy,
create jobs, and support arts, culture and heritage."
"Investing in arts and culture is central to the economic health of
communities across Canada," said Mr. Wilks. "The Golden District Arts
Council continues to present high-calibre arts performances for
residents and tourists. I am thrilled to see arts and culture alive and
thriving in Golden."
"Kicking Horse Culture is delighted and grateful for the Government of
Canada's continuing support of Golden's Live Kicks performing arts
series," said Bill Usher, Executive Director, Kicking Horse Culture.
"Combined with the support of our members and audiences, local business
champions and other funders, the Canada Arts Presentation Fund program
provides the opportunity for us to present Canadian artists, performing
a diverse mix of music, theatre and dance programming, to our rural
community. This all helps make our small town a great place to live and
The Golden District Arts Council is a non-profit organization that aims
to support, develop and present arts and cultural programming and arts
education opportunities in the community. Since 2004, the Council has
presented under the banner Kicking Horse Culture.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $20,000 over two years
(2012-2014) through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program 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.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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