Investing in Creativity: Government of Canada Supports a Bigger and Better Children's Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan

The Government of Canada provides funding to the Children's Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan

SASKATOON, Sept. 12, 2017 /CNW/ - Sean Casey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced $3 million in funding for the Children's Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan. Mr. Casey made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

This funding—provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund—will support the renovation and reconfiguration of the former Mendel Art Gallery building to house the new Children's Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan.

Quotes

"Our government is committed to supporting improvements to cultural spaces for artistic creativity and innovation. We are providing children and their families with the opportunity to experience lifelong learning in a larger and more accessible facility."

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"The goal of the Children's Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan is to create a space where kids of all ages can come together to explore science, culture and art. Today's investment will help them achieve this, and will benefit all the visitors who get to enjoy the new space and increased programming!"

—Sean Casey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage

"We are honored that the Department of Canadian Heritage has chosen to invest in our organization and the children we serve. The new children's museum will transform the beloved Mendel building into a hub of activity for families, where children can learn, grow, play and connect with the many cultures of Saskatchewan."

—Amanda McReynolds Doran, ‎Executive Director, Children's Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan

"This investment will help the Children's Discovery Museum expand its offerings to our community and create greater opportunities for the kids of Saskatoon to play and learn together."

—Mairin Loewen, Deputy Mayor and City Councillor for Ward 7, City of Saskatoon

Quick Facts

The Children's Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan is a non-profit organization that has operated a children's museum at Market Mall in Saskatoon since 2009.

The project will significantly increase the size of the museum from 2,000 to 12,000 square feet of exhibit space and raise the number of exhibits from four to ten.

The facility will be fully accessible to individuals with mobility devices and reduced vision. It will also incorporate sensory considerations to accommodate audience members within the autism spectrum.

The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund supports the improvement of physical conditions for artistic creativity and innovation. The fund supports the improvement, renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities, as well as the acquisition of specialized equipment.

Associated Links

Children's Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan
Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

 

SOURCE Government of Canada

For further information: (media only), please contact: Rachel Rappaport, Press Secretary (interim), Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155, pch.media-media.pch@canada.ca

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