Member of Parliament Joan Crockatt Announces Support for Theatre Junction GRAND

CALGARY, Oct. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Joan Crockatt, Member of Parliament (Calgary Centre), today announced support for Theatre Junction GRAND's annual performing arts series. She made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

"Our Government is pleased to support Theatre Junction GRAND in its efforts to provide audiences with exciting and diverse performing arts," said Mrs. Crockatt. "Organizations like this one not only showcase Calgary's rich and vibrant cultural scene, but also promote local artists and performers."

This funding will enable Theatre Junction GRAND to present its 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 multidisciplinary performing arts series. Each season will showcase performances in a range of disciplines, including music, theatre, and dance. The theatre will also offer community outreach activities, such as workshops and post-performance artist talks.

"Today's announcement demonstrates our Government's commitment to fostering a sense of pride and identity in Canadians by promoting home-grown talent," said Minister Glover. "Organizations like Theatre Junction GRAND are an integral part of Calgary's artistic community and are invaluable to the cultural landscape of our country."

"The Canada Arts Presentation Fund is a vital partner for our organization. It supports our mandate to bring to this community groundbreaking, multidisciplinary live art from Canada and around the world," said Tod Peterson, Managing Director, Theatre Junction. "With today's announcement of multi-year support for Theatre Junction GRAND's artistic program, the Government of Canada is helping us do more for the citizens of Calgary."

The historic GRAND Theatre, built in 1912, is one of the few remaining Canadian theatres built before the First World War. The Theatre Junction Society purchased the GRAND Theatre in 2006 and uses the space to develop, produce, and promote live Canadian music, theatre, and dance.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $98,000 over two years ($49,000 in 2014-2015 and $49,000 in 2015-2016) 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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