PORT MOODY, BC, Feb. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable James Moore,
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and Member of
Parliament (Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam), today announced
funding from the Government of Canada for the Port Moody Arts Centre
Society. This investment will help stimulate Port Moody's economy and
contribute to the community's cultural vitality.
"Our Government is proud to invest in organizations like the Port Moody
Arts Centre Society because of its ongoing efforts to provide
high-quality artistic performances and presentations," said
Minister Moore. "The funding announced today will help ensure that the
community has access to a vibrant meeting place where arts can come to
life, and that citizens can experience and enjoy a broad range of
visual and performing arts activities."
Funding announced today will support the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Port Moody. The
commemorative project will renovate a historic residence to better suit
its new use as a centre for arts workshops, training, ongoing programs,
and special events.
As well, funding will support two editions of the Port Moody Festival of
the Arts, held each year in late September. This multidisciplinary
festival features six presentations of music, comedy, theatre, and
literary and visual arts, as well as activities to get the community
involved, such as demonstrations, workshops, post-show artist talks,
and free outdoor programming.
"We'd like to thank the Government of Canada for this support that
allows us to continue to engage the community in a variety of art
disciplines and activities," said Ann Kitching, President, Board of
Directors, Port Moody Arts Centre Society. "We are especially excited
about repurposing a historic building into additional space for the
Arts Centre. Not only are we gaining important space, but we are also
commemorating this important anniversary for Port Moody and leaving a
lasting legacy for the community to enjoy for many years to come."
The Government of Canada has provided total funding of $500,785 over two
years (2012-2013 and 2013-2014) to the Port Moody Arts Centre Society
through two programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage: Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage ($480,785) and the Canada Arts Presentation Fund ($20,000). Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage provides
Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that
present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and
heritage. 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.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
For further information:
(Media only), please contact:
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)