HALIFAX, Nov. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of
Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Member of Parliament
(Central Nova), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of
Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced support for
the Dalhousie Art Gallery and Saint Mary's University Art Gallery.
"This investment by our Government shows our ongoing commitment to the
economic growth of the cultural sector in our communities," said
Minister MacKay. "We are pleased to support institutions that give the
public greater access in their home communities to this exhibition
featuring work by emerging and established First Nations artists."
The funding announced today will help the galleries at Dalhousie
University and Saint Mary's University co-host the touring exhibition
"Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture". The exhibition is
organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery, based on an
initiative of grunt gallery, and co-curated by Kathleen Ritter,
Associate Curator (former) at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and Tania
Willard, a Secwepemc artist, designer, and curator.
"Our Government recognizes the impact that arts and culture have on
people's lives by bringing jobs and wealth to our communities," said
Minister Glover. "Our love for our country's history, our official
languages, our artists, our movies, our music, our sports, and our
ability to enjoy shared cultural experiences—these are the things that
unite us as a country."
"We are thankful for the support from the Department of Canadian
Heritage," said Peter Dykhuis, Director/Curator of the Dalhousie Art
Gallery. "Beat Nation is a substantial exhibition and, through the
combined forces of our two galleries, we are able to be the only venue
east of Montréal to host this exhibition, notably in the youth-oriented
culture of two universities."
"We are honoured to be the only venues hosting the exhibition in
Atlantic Canada, on Mi'kmaq territory," said Robin Metcalfe,
Director/Curator of the Saint Mary's University Art Gallery.
"By assisting with the costs of a key exhibition within a larger
series, this support helps us to strengthen our engagement with
contemporary Aboriginal art."
The Government of Canada has provided total funding of $30,000 to the
Dalhousie Art Gallery ($15,000 for 2013-2014) and Saint Mary's
University Art Gallery ($15,000 for 2013-2014) through the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides funding
to Canadian museums and related institutions for projects that foster
excellence in museum activities and that facilitate access to the
treasures of our collective heritage.
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SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
For further information:
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.)