Harper Government Invests in the Symposium Artiste et Patrimonial

SAINT-LÉON-DE-STANDON, QC, April 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Residents and visitors in Saint-Léon-de-Standon will have an opportunity to take part in this local visual arts symposium, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. This was announced today by the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament (Lévis-Bellechasse), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Funding will support the 8th edition of the Symposium Artiste et Patrimonial, which will take place June 23 and 24, 2012. About 18 local visual artists will present their works at this symposium, where the public will be able to meet the artists and observe them in the creative process. Kiosks will be set up at various sites in the heart of the village of Saint-Léon-de-Standon. The event will call upon more than 30 volunteers and 700 people are expected to attend.

"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in events such as the Symposium Artiste et Patrimonial," said Minister Moore. "We believe that these investments are essential to the strength of our economy and our communities."

"I am pleased that this funding from the Government of Canada will help the community of Saint-Léon-de-Standon present the Symposium Artiste et Patrimonial," said Minister Blaney. "I would like to congratulate the organizers, volunteers, and artists who ensure that residents and tourists in this part of Quebec have an opportunity to experience our rich cultural heritage and to appreciate the skill of our gifted artists."

"For the past six years, the Symposium artistique has demonstrated the interest that people have shown for art in all its forms. The Espaces Mémoires in Saint-Léon-de-Standon show the passion that people have for their history and their roots. Combining the two—art and history—in a major event can only be a success. We thank the Government of Canada for its support of our event," said members of the Corporation de développement socio-économique de Saint-Léon-de-Standon.

The Corporation de développement socio-économique de Saint-Léon-de-Standon is a non-profit organization that promotes this community's social, cultural, and tourist development.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $2,300 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information:

(media only), please contact:

Sébastien Gariépy
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of
Canadian Heritage and
Official Languages

Éric Amyot
Director, Regional
Quebec Region
Canadian Heritage

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)

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