Investments in Arts and Culture Build a Stronger Economy in Alberta

EDMONTON, June 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Arts, culture, and official-language organizations will help create jobs and growth throughout Alberta, thanks to investments from the Government of Canada. Today, the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announced support for 69 projects. Minister Moore made the announcement at the Art Gallery of Alberta in the presence of representatives of Edmonton's arts and culture community.

Funding will support a wide range of arts, culture, and official-language organizations in Alberta that will generate jobs and strengthen the local economy. Organizations receiving support include the Arts on the Ave Edmonton Society, the Edmonton Folk Festival, the Citadel Theatre, and the Association canadienne-française de l'Alberta.

"The Harper Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in Alberta's economic future," said Minister Moore. "By supporting these important projects, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy, create jobs, and support our arts, culture, and heritage."

"We are grateful for this financial support," said Julian Mayne, Executive Director, Fringe Theatre Adventures. "This ongoing, reliable financial commitment translates into the annual support of hundreds of Canadian artists involved in the creation of new Canadian theatre, through their work at the Edmonton Fringe Festival and in our co-presentations of theatre year round. At the core of our mandate is the support and continued creation of a healthy community and associated communication and growth; this support from our federal government correspondingly supports that vision."

The Harper Government has provided total funding of $4,509,763 under six programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage: the Aboriginal Peoples' Program, the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, the Development of Official-Language Communities Program, and the Enhancement of Official Languages Program. For more information about the projects, see the attached backgrounder.

BACKGROUNDER

Today's announcement includes the following projects:

Aboriginal Peoples' Program
The Aboriginal Peoples' Program focuses primarily on strengthening cultural identity, encouraging full Aboriginal
participation in Canadian life, and supporting the continuation of Aboriginal cultures and languages as living elements
of Canadian society.
City Organization Project Funding and Year
Edmonton Aboriginal Women's
Professional Association
Crossroads - A Women's
Gathering
$25,000 (2011-2012)
Edmonton Kinship and Student's
Wahkotowin Society
Voice of Hope Retreat $15,358 (2011-2012)
Keg River Keg River Our Children
Society**
Aboriginal Women Take Lead $25,000 (2011-2012)
      TOTAL: $65,358

Building Communities through Arts and Heritage
The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take
part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.
City Organization Project Funding and Year
Athabasca Magnificent River Rats
Festival Society
The Magnificent River Rats
Festival 2012
$8,600 (2012-2013)
Camrose Camrose Founders
Days Festival
Committee **
Camrose Founders Days
Festival
$3,900 (2012-2013)
Consort Constort and District
Chamber of Commerce
Consort Centennial
Celebrations
$8,500 (2012-2013)
Donalda Donalda & District
Community Promotion
Society
Donalda Centennial
Celebration
$12,200 (2012-2013)
Edmonton Arts on the Ave
Edmonton Society
Deep Freeze: A Byzantine
Winter Festival
$38,000 (2011-2012)
Edmonton Edmonton Winter Light
Society
Common Ground $25,500 (2011-2012)
Edmonton Old Strathcona
Business Association
Ice on Whyte Festival $41,200 (2011-2012)
Edmonton Rapid Fire Theatre
Society
Wildfire Improv Festival $5,000 (2011-2012)
Edmonton Serca Festival of Irish
Theatre Society
Serca Festival of Irish Theatre $4,400 (2012-2013)
Edmonton Silver Skate Festival
Society
Silver Skate Festival $35,300 (2011-2012)
Edmonton Edmonton Pride
Festival Society
Edmonton Pride Festival $9,200 (2012-2013)
Fort McMurray Fort McMurray
Interplay Society
WinterPLAY Carnival $35,800 (2011-2012)
Fort McMurray Hub Family Resouce
Centre**
The June Bug Children's
Festival
$7,100 (2012-2013)
Halkirk Halkirk Centennial
Committee
Halkirk Centennial $4,400 (2012-2013)
Jasper Friends of Jasper
National Park
Association
Canada's Parks Day $10,700 (2012-2013)
Jasper IOTAD Ltd. (It Only
Takes A Dream)
Arts with Altitude $4,500 (2011-2012)
Lacombe Lacombe Day
Committee**
Lacombe Days $12,700 (2012-2013)
Red Deer Red Deer Artwalk
Society
Red Deer Artwalk Festival $5,800 (2012-2013)
Red Deer Red Deer Family
Service Bureau
Central Alberta Children's
Festival
$23,900 (2012-2013)
Red Deer Association
canadienne-française de
l'Alberta,
régionale de Red Deer
Carnaval de Red Deer $20,200 (2011-2012)
Rocky Mountain House Rocky Mountain House
Pow Wow
Committee**
Calling All Drums -
Multicultural Pow Wow
$18,600 (2012-2013)
Sherwood Park Sherwood Park Elks
#481
New Year's Festival $8,900 (2011-2012)
Vegreville Vegreville Cultural
Association
Ukrainian Pysanka Festival $8,900 (2012-2013)
      TOTAL: $353,300

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage - Legacy Fund
The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take
part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.The Legacy Fund
component provides funding for community capital projects.
City Organization Project Funding and Year
Chauvin Chauvin Community
Senior Citizens Drop in
Centre
Centennial Park/Icon
Refurbish
$14,000 (2012-2013)
      TOTAL: $14,000

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.
City Organization Project Funding and Year
Edmonton Francis Winspear
Centre for Music
Winspear Presents Concert
Series
$25,000 (2012-2013)
$25,000 (2013-2014)
Edmonton Workshop West
Playwrights' Theatre
Society
The Canoe Theatre Festival $18,000 (2012-2013)
$18,000 (2013-2014)
Edmonton Edmonton Folk Music
Festival Society
2012-2013 Edmonton Folk
Music Festival
$100,000 (2012-2013)
Edmonton Edmonton Poetry
Festival Society
Edmonton Poetry Festival $5,000 (2012-2013)
Edmonton Edmonton International
Street Performers
Festival Association
Edmonton International Street
Performers Festival
$85,000 (2012-2013)
Edmonton Fringe Theatre Adventures Society 2012-2013 International
Fringe Theatre Festival and
FTA 2011-2012 and 2012-
2013 season presentations
$146,000 (2012-2013)
$146,000 (2013-2014)
Edmonton Lesser Slave Lake
North Country
Community
Association
North Country Fair $15,000 (2012-2013)
$15,000 (2013-2014)
Edmonton Rapid Fire Theatre
Society
Improvaganza International
Improv Comedy Festival
$8,000 (2012-2013)
Edmonton The Works
International Visual
Arts Society
The Works Art and Design
Festival / Art and Design in
Public Places
$109,000 (2012-2013)
$109,000 (2013-2014)
Fort McMurray Keyano College
Theatre
Syncrude Arts Alive $28,000 (2012-2013)
$28,000 (2013-2014)
Grande Prairie Grande Prairie
International Street
Performers Festival
Association
Grande Prairie International
Street Performers Festival
$7,000 (2012-2013)
$7,000 (2013-2014)
Leduc Maclab Centre for the
Performing Arts
2012-2013 and 2013-2014
Performing Arts Series
$15,000 (2012-2013)
$15,000 (2013-2014)
Lloydminster Vic Juba Community
Theatre Board
2012-2013 and 2013-2014
Dr. H. A. McDonald Seasons
$22,000 (2012-2013)
$22,000 (2013-2014)
St. Albert Blueberry Bluegrass
and Country Music
Society
Blueberry Bluegrass and
Country Music Society
Festival
$10,000 (2012-2013)
$10,000 (2013-2014)
St. Albert City of St. Albert The Arden Theatre 2012-2013
and 2013-2014 seasons
$85,000 (2012-2013)
$85,000 (2013-2014)
St. Albert Friends of the Northern
Alberta International
Children's Festival
Society
2012-2013 Northern Alberta
International Children's Festival
$95,000 (2012-2013)
$95,000 (2013-2014)
      TOTAL: $1,348,000

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund
The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund 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.
City Organization Project Funding and Year
Edmonton The Citadel Theatre Maclab theatre lighting and
wiring upgrade
$243,629 (2011-2012)
Leduc Maclab Centre for the
Performing Arts
Society
Stage electrical refit and
equipment upgrade
$196,106 (2011-2012)
      TOTAL: $439,735

Development of Official-Language Communities Program
The Development of Official-Language Communities Program is designed to foster the vitality of Canada's
French- and English-speaking minority communities and enable them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian
life.
City Organization Project Funding and Year
Bonnyville ACFA - Régionale de
Bonnyville / Cold Lake
Programming 2012-2014 $65,000 (2012-2013)
$65,000 (2013-2014)
Edmonton ACFA - Secrétariat
provincial
Programming 2012-2013 $470,000 (2012-2013)
Edmonton Francophonie jeunesse
de l'Alberta
Programming 2012-2013 $180,000 (2012-2013)
Edmonton ACFA - Régionale
d'Edmonton
Programming 2012-2013 $100,000 (2012-2013)
Edmonton Alliance jeunesse famille
de l'Alberta Society
Programming 2012-2014 $27,000 (2012-2013)
$27,000 (2013-2014)
Edmonton Association La
Girandole d'Edmonton
Programming 2012-2013 $85,000 (2012-2013)
Edmonton Coalition des femmes de
l'Alberta
Programming 2012-2013 $55,000 (2012-2013)
Edmonton Fédération des parents
francophones de
l'Alberta
Programming 2012-2013 $85,500 (2012-2013)
Edmonton Institut Guy-Lacombe de
la famille
Programming 2012-2013 $55,000 (2012-2013)
Edmonton ACFA - Régionale
d'Edmonton
Programming for festival
Edmonton Chante 2012
$40,000 (2012-2013)
Edmonton ACFA - Secrétariat
provincial
Caravane communautaire $15,390 (2012-2013)
Edmonton Alliance jeunesse famille
de l'Alberta Society
Une variation dans l'Air $25,000 (2012-2013)
Edmonton Fête franco-albertaine La 23e Fête franco-albertaine au
David Thompson à Cline River
$40,000 (2012-2013)
Edmonton Francophonie jeunesse
de l'Alberta
@ction/ré@ction: gagne ton
projet
$25,000 (2012-2013)
Edmonton Société Choralies
Edmonton 2012
Un millier de voix, un seul
choeur!
$75,000 (2012-2013)
Edmonton Fédération des aînés
franco-albertains
Programming 2012-2013 $50,000 (2012-2013)
Falher ACFA - Régionale de
Rivière-la-Paix
Programming 2012-2013 $100,000 (2012-2013)
Fort McMurray ACFA - Régionale de
Wood Buffalo
Programming 2012-2013 $80,000 (2012-2013)
Jasper ACFA - Régionale de
Jasper
Programming 2012-2013 $51,000 (2012-2013)
Legal ACFA - Régionale de
Centralta
Programming 2012-2013 $58,000 (2012-2013)
Red Deer ACFA - Régionale de
Red Deer
Programming 2012-2013 $67,000 (2012-2013)
St. Paul Société les Blés d'Or Programme folklorique $10,000 (2012-2013)
St. Paul ACFA - Régionale de
Saint-Paul
Programming 2012-2013 $59,900 (2012-2013)
      TOTAL: $1,910,790

Enhancement of Official Languages Program
The Enhancement of Official Languages Program is designed to foster among Canadians a greater understanding
and appreciation of the benefits of linguistic duality. Through partnerships and agreements with provinces,
territories, and non-governmental organizations in support of second-language learning, and initiatives fostering
mutual understanding between English- and French-speaking Canadians, this program brings Canadians to
recognize and support linguistic duality as a fundamental value of Canadian society.
City Organization Project Funding and Year
Edmonton Canadian Parents for
French
Core funding 2012-2014 $189,290 (2012-2013)
$189,290 (2013-2014)
      TOTAL: $378,580

GRAND TOTAL: $4,509,763

*First time funding recipient under the program
**First time receiving PCH funding for the organization

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.)