SUMMERSIDE, P-E-I, July 6, 2012 /CNW/ - An investment from the
Government of Canada will help promote arts and culture in Prince
Edward Island, while also stimulating the region's economy. Funding for
the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada was
announced today by the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National
Revenue and Member of Parliament (Egmont), on behalf of the Honourable
James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
This funding will support the Highland Storm and College Concert Series
to be presented by the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of
Canada in Summerside in July and August 2012. The performing arts
series will showcase Celtic culture through 34 performances featuring a
variety of interdisciplinary artists from three different provinces. It
will focus on Highland music and dancing, as well as performances by
various groups playing traditional, folk and Celtic music.
"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in
organizations that celebrate our culture, like the College of Piping
and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada," said Minister Moore. "By
supporting this organization, our Government is delivering on its
commitment to stimulate the economy and support our arts, culture, and
"I am proud of our Government's commitment to supporting the arts and
cultural sectors in communities across Canada," said Minister Shea.
"The Summerside region gains significant benefits as a result of the
Highland Storm and College Concert Series."
"The financial contribution from the Government of Canada is essential
to the success of our Highland Storm and College Concert Series
celebrating Celtic heritage in Prince Edward Island," said Karen
Hatcher, Executive Director of the College. "This funding allows us the
opportunity to showcase the high-energy production pieces woven
seamlessly together through Celtic music and dance. Year after year,
the spirit of young artists who embrace their heritage with an
infectious enthusiasm inspires locals and visitors alike! Highland
Storm provides Island youth with a significant opportunity to nurture
their artistic skills, broaden their repertoires, further their
understanding of teamwork and commitment, build self-esteem, and be
publicly recognized for their unique artistic talents. "
The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada, established
in 1990, preserves and promotes the Celtic heritage of Canada's most
Celtic province, Prince Edward Island. As the only year-round
institution of its kind in North America, the College attracts students
from across Canada and other countries.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $10,000 for 2012-2013
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
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