BANFF, AB, March 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird,
accompanied by Blake Richards, Member of Parliament (Wild Rose), today
announced an investment by the Harper Government to support jobs and
growth in the arts community of Southwestern Alberta. The announcement
was made at The Banff Centre on behalf of the Honourable James Moore,
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
"Our Government is proud to support The Banff Centre, which has
established itself over the past eight decades as a globally respected
arts, cultural, and educational institution," said Baird. "Artists from
around the world can come here to grow and flourish, and, ultimately,
audiences benefit from that training."
"Arts and culture organizations contribute to the cultural strength of
our communities," said Minister Moore. "We are proud to support
organizations that not only enrich Canada's cultural life but also
strengthen its economy."
"These Canada Arts Training funds will allow artists from across Canada
to come to The Banff Centre to acquire new skills and to learn from
leaders in their fields," said Jeff Melanson, President of The Banff
Centre. "Support from Canada Cultural Spaces will enable us to share
the art and ideas born at The Banff Centre with the world. Ultimately,
the arts help us express who we are as Canadians. This support from the
Government of Canada will ensure Canadian voices are heard around the
The Government of Canada is providing total funding of $3,900,000 over
two years, 2013-2014 and 2014-2015, to The Banff Centre through the Canada Arts Training Fund. The Fund contributes to the development of Canadian creators and
future cultural leaders of the Canadian arts sector by supporting the
training of artists with high potential through institutions that offer
training of the highest calibre.
The Government is also providing funding of $1,555,013 in 2012-2013 to
The Banff Centre through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, which 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.
Funding for The Banff Centre Foundation was also announced today through
the Endowment Incentives component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund, which encourages Canadians to donate to professional arts
organizations. The Government is providing $1,215,018 for The Banff
Centre Foundation to manage and invest on behalf of The Banff Centre.
This year, the Government of Canada is matching a dollar for every
dollar donated by the private sector. Since 2001, this program has
provided more than $156 million to various endowment funds in Canada,
while the private sector has provided $217 million, for a total of over
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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