Government of Canada provides financial support for renovations to
Aberdeen Cultural Centre
MONCTON, NB, Jan. 16, 2014 /CNW/ - Department of Canadian Heritage
The Government of Canada has provided funding through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to help the Aberdeen Cultural Centre with renovations that will enable
the Centre to offer a variety of cultural programming to Moncton
Robert Goguen, Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe and
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice, today announced
$214,040 on behalf of Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official
Languages Shelly Glover.
Funding will allow the Aberdeen Cultural Centre to carry out major
renovations that will include new sound and lighting systems, 200 new
seats, an upgraded electrical system, a large retractable screen and
movable set, and repairs or replacement of walls, floors, windows, and
Renovations are expected to be completed in spring 2014.
The Aberdeen Cultural Centre houses about 20 artistic, cultural and
educational organizations. The Centre integrates rehearsal spaces,
artist studios, exhibition areas, a multi-use theatre space, offices,
two daycares and a café.
About 100 events are normally created and presented annually at the
The building that now houses the Aberdeen Cultural Centre was
constructed in 1898 and originally served as Moncton's first secondary
school, known as Aberdeen High School.
After the school was decommissioned, a group of artists set up studios
and offices, eventually forming a cooperative organization in 1986
known as the Aberdeen Cultural Centre.
"I am pleased that our Government has made this investment in the
Aberdeen Cultural Centre, an important institution in New Brunswick's
cultural life. The Centre will continue to promote and celebrate the
best of this province's culture, with a special focus on the work of
our Acadian artists."
-Robert Goguen, Member of Parliament (Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe)
"Our Government understands how important arts and culture are to the
wellbeing of communities, which is why we are pleased to support
organizations like the Aberdeen Cultural Centre. With these
renovations, the Centre will continue to benefit Moncton, both
culturally and economically."
-Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
"Government of Canada funding will help provide the Centre with a
first-class professional venue for artistic creation and presentation,
while responding to the increasing need of a multitude of artists and
creators from this area and throughout the province for such a space.
Thanks to Canadian Heritage and other funding partners involved in this
project, we will be able to finally realize our dream of presenting an
annual multidisciplinary program that satisfies our various audiences
at the Aberdeen Cultural Centre.
-René Légère, Director General of the Aberdeen Cultural Centre
Canada Cultural Spaces Fund
Aberdeen Cultural Centre
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
Director, Communications Atlantic Region