Harper Government Invests in Arts and Culture in Calgary

CALGARY, May 13, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, accompanied by Joan Crockatt, Member of Parliament (Calgary Centre), today announced support for 23 arts and culture organizations in Calgary. Minister Moore made the announcement at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts alongside members of Calgary's arts and cultural community.

"Our Government is committed to supporting organizations that contribute to the diverse and vibrant cultural life in Canada," said Minister Moore. "Each and every one of these organizations plays an important role in uniting our country and creating a thriving arts scene here in Calgary for all to enjoy."

Funding will support a variety of arts and culture organizations that will create jobs, increase tourism, and strengthen the local economy. Organizations receiving support include the Sled Island Arts Fellowship, the Calgary Centre for the Performing Arts, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation, One Yellow Rabbit Theatre, the Calgary International Children's Festival Society, the Calgary Foundation, and Theatre Junction GRAND.

"By investing in projects such as these, our Government is demonstrating its continued support for arts and cultural institutions in communities across the province," said Ms. Crockatt. "These investments will ensure that Albertans have access to top-notch cultural activities right in their own backyard."

"EPCOR CENTRE is extremely grateful to receive this support which invests in the presentation of cultural and artistic experiences of the highest quality, including music and visual and media arts programming," said Johann Zietsman, President and Chief Executive Officer, EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts. "As one of Canada's leading arts centres, our vision is to engage and inspire community through the power of art."

"Sled Island is very appreciative of the support provided by the Government of Canada that will allow us to secure our position as one of the leading independent music and arts festivals in the country by providing quality programming, including a hundred local artists alongside many international talents," said Maud Salvi, Executive Director, Sled Island Music and Arts Festival. "Community is at the core of our festival, and we are honoured to be receiving this funding.

The Government of Canada has provided total funding of $1,709,840 through the following programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage: the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, and the Endowment Incentives component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund.

For more information about the projects, see the attached backgrounder.


Today's announcement includes the following projects:

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage
This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.
City Organization Project Funding and Year
Calgary Caribbean Community Council of Calgary Carifest Calgary 2013 $21,300 (2013-2014)
Calgary Sled Island Arts Fellowship Sled Island Music and Arts Festival 2013 $86,900 (2013-2014)
Calgary Chinook Country Historical Society Historic Calgary Week $3,100 (2013-2014)
Calgary Portail de l'Immigrant Association de Calgary Franco Fest Calgary 2013 $3,500 (2013-2014)
Calgary Calgary Multicultural Arts Society Fiestaval Latino Festival $37,200 (2013-2014)
Calgary Hispanic Arts Society Expo Latino 2013 $16,000 (2013-2014)
Calgary The Calgary Fireworks Festival Society GlobalFest 2013 $63,100 (2013-2014)
Calgary Afrikadey! Arts & Culture Society of Calgary Afrikadey! Festival 2013 $15,600 (2013-2014)
      TOTAL: $246,700

Canada Arts Presentation Fund
The Fund 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.
City Organization Project Funding and Year
Calgary Calgary International Children's Festival Society Calgary International Children's Festival $120,000 (2013-2014)
Calgary Calgary Blues Music Association Calgary International Blues Festival and Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest $23,000 (2013-2014)
Calgary One Yellow Rabbit Theatre Association High Performance Rodeo, Calgary's International Festival of the Arts $140,000 (2013-2014)
$140,000 (2014-2015)
Calgary New Works of Art Calgary Society 2013-2014 Season $7,000 (2013-2014)
Calgary International Festival of Song and Chamber Music Society 19th and 20th Mountain View International Festival of Song and Chamber Music $8,000 (2013-2014)
$8,000 (2014-2015)
Calgary Calgary Pro Musica Society 2013-2014 season $10,000 (2013-2014)
Calgary The Alberta Theatre Projects Society Enbridge playRites Festival of New Canadian Plays $80,000 (2013-2014)
$80,000 (2014-2015)
Calgary Calgary Centre for Performing Arts EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts $100,000 (2013-2014)
$100,000 (2014-2015)
Calgary Sage Theatre Society Ignite! 2013 Festival for Emerging Artists $5,000 (2013-2014)
Calgary Vertigo Theatre Society 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 Y Stage Series $50,000 (2013-2014)
$50,000 (2014-2015)
Calgary Springboard Dance Collective Calgary Society Fluid Movement Dance Festival $20,000 (2013-2014)
  TOTAL: $941,000

Canada Cultural Investment Fund: Endowment Incentives Component
The Endowment Incentives component encourages Canadians to donate to professional arts organizations. Last year, the Government of Canada provided 71 cents for every dollar donated by the private sector.
City Organization Project Funding and Year
Calgary Calgary Foundation Calgary Opera Association
Calgary Pro Musica Society
Decidedly Jazz Society
$50,000 (2013)
$150,000 (2013)
$100,000 (2013)
Calgary The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation Calgary Philharmonic Society $172,039 (2013)
  TOTAL: $472,039

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund
The Fund seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing, visual, and media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays.
City Organization Project Funding and Year
Calgary Vertigo Theatre Society Purchase of specialized theatrical equipment for Vertigo Theatre Centre $8,700 (2012-2013)
Calgary Theatre Junction GRAND Society Upgrades to the GRAND Theatre - Phase II $13,754 (2012-2013)
Calgary Springboard Dance Collective Calgary Society Specialized equipment purchase for non-traditional sites $27.647 (2012-2013)
      TOTAL: $50,101

SOURCE: Canadian Heritage

For further information:

(media only), please contact:

Sébastien Gariépy
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

Anna Gravelle
A/Regional Manager
Western Region
Canadian Heritage

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)


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