Harper Government Invests in Montréal's Society for Arts and Technology

MONTRÉAL, Nov. 25, 2011 /CNW/ - At the official inauguration of the new facilities of the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT), the Honourable Claude Carignan, Senator, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, reiterated the Government of Canada support for the organization's expansion and renovation project.

The improvements to the multidisciplinary centre, located in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles, will provide creators and researchers with access to a comprehensive and stimulating environment for creation, production, education and presentation. The SAT team will be able to continue to ensure collaboration among artistic and scientific disciplines, while promoting artists from Quebec and elsewhere in Canada who combine art and technology.

"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in important cultural projects and events that highlight the skill and talent of our artists, who are among the best in the world," said Minister Moore.

"It gives me great pleasure today to witness the recent achievements of the SAT as part of its expansion and renovation project," said Senator Carignan. "We support initiatives that place Canada at the forefront of the creative economy and make it a leader in the digital world. This is why our government is proud to have invested in the Society for Arts and Technology, which contributes to the development of digital art in the country."

"Since its creation in 1996, the SAT has placed itself where arts, science, and technology intersect," said Monique Savoie, President and Founder of the SAT. "With its double mission as research centre and artists' centre, over the years the SAT has been able to bring together a school, generous studio space, as well as room for presentation, while maintaining a presence within an international network that has also developed."

The Society for Arts and Technology is a centre for creation, production, and presentation that is dedicated to the development and conservation of digital culture. The SAT brings together researchers and creators who use digital technologies through its programs for research, prototypes, productions, publications, education, and public exchanges.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $4,053,182 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage 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.

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

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

 


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