Ontario Modernizing History Through New Technologies



    McGuinty Government Advancing Creative Economy Through Technology Fund

    TORONTO, May 20 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is strengthening the creative economy by helping cultural and
heritage institutions harness new technology to attract visitors and make
local heritage more accessible.
    The Museum and Technology Fund will provide $6.5 million over four years
to organizations such as community museums, art galleries and archives to take
advantage of new technologies that will improve access to their collections
and contribute to local economic development.
    A number of community museums in Ontario currently offer online
exhibitions. The new fund will provide matching investments to encourage
similar programs and partnerships.
    More details about the application criteria, guidelines and deadlines
will be available later this summer.

    QUOTE

    "Ontario's museums reflect the diverse and unique history of our
province. This new fund will help make museums centres of innovation in our
new creative economy."
    - Culture Minister Aileen Carroll

    "Museums across the province will be able to use technology to further
their work in support of education and tourism, reaching new audiences and
creating greater access to the unique collections of Ontario."
    - Ontario Museum Association Executive Director Marie Lalonde

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   According to the Ontario Museum Association, more than three million
        people visit Ontario's community museums every year.
    -   There are more than 400 community museums in Ontario, reflecting the
        diversity of Ontario's histories and cultures.
    -   In 2007, Ontario increased annual funding to community museums
        through the Community Museum Operating Grant program to $5 million:
        nearly double the previous investment of $2.7 million.

    LEARN MORE

    See a list of local community museums
(http://www.culture.gov.on.ca/english/heritage/museums/muinfo.htm).

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For further information:

For further information: Sarah Petrevan, Minister's Office, (416)
325-1676; Lisa Robart, Communications Branch, (416) 212-3928

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