KITCHENER, ON, Sept. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - An investment by the Government of
Canada in performing arts in Kitchener will provide Canadians with
access to arts and culture, create jobs, and promote economic growth in
the region. Funding for the J.M. Drama Alumni performance series was
announced today by Stephen Woodworth, Member of Parliament (Kitchener
Centre), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian
Heritage and Official Languages.
This investment will support J.M. Drama Alumni's performance series in
2012 and 2013. J.M. Drama is a multi-disciplinary series presenter that
encourages and supports the development of the performing arts in the
Waterloo Region. In addition to managing Kitchener's Registry Theatre,
J.M. Drama puts forward an annual community theatre production and
supports programs designed to allow individuals to develop their acting
and directing skills.
"This year marks the start of the five-year countdown to Canada's 150th birthday in 2017," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud to
invest in projects that contribute to our collective identity and
define who we are as Canadians. On the road to 2017, let us continue to
celebrate all of the things that make Canada the united, prosperous,
and free country we are today."
"I am pleased to see the continued support from the Government of Canada
for the performing arts and the cultural vitality of Kitchener," said
Mr. Woodworth. "Thanks to the activities of the J.M. Drama, this
community has access to quality artistic experiences that inspire and
promote creativity in residents of all ages."
"The Government of Canada recognizes the value of nurturing Canadian
arts and culture," said Lawrence McNaught, Director of Programming &
Development, The Registry Theatre. "The support received from the
Department of Canadian Heritage is instrumental in assisting J.M. Drama
Alumni and the not-for-profit Registry Theatre to become a showcase for
diverse artists from across Canada, as well as local arts
organizations, for the benefit of our entire community."
The Government of Canada has provided total funding of $60,000 ($30,000
in 2012-2013 and $30,000 in 2013-2014) 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
For further information:
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Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
Manager, Communications Ontario Region
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)