Arts and Culture in the Columbia Valley Receive Federal Boost

Member of Parliament David Wilks announces funding for the Golden District Arts Council

GOLDEN, BC, Feb. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada has provided $20,000 in multi-year funding through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund to enable the Golden District Arts Council to present its performing arts series.

David Wilks, Member of Parliament (Kootenay-Columbia), announced this continued support today in Golden, on behalf of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Minister Shelly Glover. The funding is for two fiscal years: $10,000 in 2014-2015 and $10,000 in 2015-2016.

These events will provide residents and visitors with access to live performances by emerging and established artists in a variety of disciplines from British Columbia and across Canada.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2004, the Golden District Arts Council has presented arts and cultural activities under the banner Kicking Horse Culture.
  • The Council's mandate is to support, develop and present arts and cultural programming, as well as arts education opportunities in the community of Golden.
  • The performing arts series will be presented at the Civic Centre, which was originally built by volunteers in 1948 and recently renovated and restored in 2010.

"Today's announcement demonstrates our commitment to supporting arts and culture organizations that contribute to the diverse and vibrant cultural life in British Columbia."
—Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"The Golden District Arts Council plays an important role in our community and works tirelessly to create a thriving arts scene for all to enjoy here in Golden and in the Columbia Valley."
—David Wilks, Member of Parliament (Kootenay-Columbia)

"We would like to thank the Government of Canada for their support on this project. This performing arts series helps bring talented Canadian artists to audiences in a small rural community."
—Bill Usher, Executive Director, Golden District Arts Council

Additional Links

SOURCE: Canadian Heritage

For further information:

Marisa Monnin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

Anna Gravelle
A/Regional Manager
Western Region
Canadian Heritage

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

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