Harper Government Invests in Arts and Culture in Nova Scotia

HALIFAX, July 18, 2012 /CNW/ - New investments in arts and culture in Nova Scotia are helping boost the economy and create jobs and growth. Support for 52 projects throughout the province was announced today by the Honourable Peter Penashue, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

The funding will support a range of projects—from hosting summer festivals to various arts events and acitivities—that provide visitors and residents of Nova Scotia with rich cultural experiences. Organizations receiving funding include the Halifax Pop Explosion Association, the Millbrook Powwow Committee, the Antigonish Highland Society, the Jazz East Rising Association, the Chedabucto Bay Folk Society, the Maison la bouche rouverte associée, the Mi'kmawey Debert Cultural Centre, and Live Art Dance Productions.

"This year marks the start of the five-year countdown to Canada's 150th birthday in 2017," said Minister Moore.  "Our Government is proud to invest in projects that contribute to our collective identity and define who we are as Canadians.  On the road to 2017, let us continue to celebrate all of the things that make Canada the united, prosperous and free country we are today."

"Investing in arts and culture is essential to Nova Scotia and to Canada," said Minister Penashue. "Many of the projects receiving funding will stimulate tourism in numerous communities across the province and contribute to their cultural vitality. We are proud to partner with these groups, whose hard work makes these projects possible."

"Because of our funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage, we are able to offer over 200 cultural community events during the Celtic Colours International Festival. These volunteer-run events instill a sense of community pride and a feeling of belonging in the small rural communities that make up Cape Breton," said Mary Pat Mombourquette, Business Director. "The increased cultural activity feeds our living Celtic culture, supports our musicians and artisans, and benefits Cape Breton's tourism industry by helping sustain the culture that attracts visitors."

The Government of Canada has provided total funding of $1,593,423 through three programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage: the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, and the Museums Assistance Program. For more information about these projects, see the attached backgrounder.


Canada Arts Presentation Fund
The Canada Arts Presentation Fund is designed to give Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals and performances, and other arts events.
Halifax Atlantic Comedy Festival Society - Halifax Comedy Fest $17,500 (2012-2013)
Halifax Atlantic Buskers Festival Society - Halifax International Busker Festival $23,000 (2012-2013)
Liverpool Astor Theatre Society - This is Canada  $10,000 (2012-2013)
$10,000 (2013-2014)
Halifax Atlantic Film Festival Association - ViewFinders Youth Outreach Series $8,500 (2012-2013)
$8,500 (2013-2014)
Halifax Atlantic Fringe Festival Society - Atlantic Fringe Festival $15,000 (2012-2013)
Sydney Celtic Colours Festival Society - Celtic Colours International Festival $118,000 (2012-2013)
$115,000 (2013-2014)
Canso Chedabucto Bay Folk Society - Stan Rogers Folk Festival 2012 and 2013 $62,692 (2012-2013)
$62,692 (2013-2014)
Pictou deCoste Entertainment Centre Society - 2012-2013 Season  $6,500 (2012-2013)
Halifax Eastern Front Theatre Society - The SuperNova Theatre Festival $44,500 (2012-2013)
$44,500 (2013-2014)
Halifax Halifax Pop Explosion Association - Halifax Pop Explosion International Festival $14,576 (2012-2013)
$11,500 (2013-2014)
Halifax Jazz East Rising Association - Halifax Jazz Festival, JazzLabs, JazzEast Concerts and Creative Music Workshop $118,500 (2012-2013)
Halifax Live Art Productions Society - Dance Season for 2012 and 2013 $132,000 (2012-2013)
$130,000 (2013-2014)
Lunenburg Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society - Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival $23,000 (2012-2013)
$23,000 (2013-2014)
Saulnierville Maison la bouche rouverte associée - Festival de la parole de la Baie Sainte-Marie $14,000 (2011-2012)
$14,000 (2012-2013)
Windsor Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia - MIPAC Entertainment Series 2012 $7,000 (2012-2013)
Halifax Scotia Chamber Players - Scotia Festival of Music 2012 $61,500 (2012-2013)
Port Hawkesbury Town of Port Hawkesbury - Granville Green Concert Series $7,000 (2012-2013)
TOTAL: $1,102,460

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage
The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.
Dartmouth Africa Festival of Arts and Culture Society - Africa Festival of Arts and Culture 2012 $8,100 (2012-2013)
Lawrencetown Annapolis Couty Federation of Agriculture - Annapolis Valley Exhibition 2012 $9,000 (2012-2013)
Antigonish Antigonish Highland Society (The) - 149th Antigonish Highland Games $12,600 (2012-2013)
Chester Chester Art Centre Association - Chester Art Festival $4,000 (2012-2013)
Christmas Island Comunn Feis an Eilein - 22nd Annual Feis An Eilein $5,200 (2012-2013)
Tatamagouche Creamery Square Association - Tatamagouche Tattoo Festival 2012 $25,800 (2012-2013)
New Glasgow Festival of the Tartans Committee (The) - Festival of the Tartans $6,000 (2012-2013)
Petite Riviere, Lunenburg County The Friends of Heritage Art of the Petite Riviere Valley - 5th Annual Petite Riviere Valley Art Exhibition: John Cook and the Petite Riviere School of Art $500 (2012-2013)
Liverpool Friend of Hank Snow Society (The) - 22nd Annual Hank Snow Tribute $7,200 (2012-2013)
Halifax Halifax Pride Committee - Halifax Pride $25,800 (2012-2013)
Lockeport Harmony Bazaar: Festival of Women & Song Society - Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women & Song $5,500 (2012-2013)
Kennetcook Kennetcook Society For Economic And Environmental Development - Kennetcook Summer Fest (Culture and Heritage Festival) $14,400 (2012-2013)
Lake Charlotte Lake Charlotte Area Heritage Society (The) - Annual Women's Heritage Celebration $2,100 (2012-2013)
Halifax Mainland South  Heritage Society - Sambro Sou'Wester Days 2012 $3,500 (2012-2013)
Halifax Maritime Fiddle Festival - Maritime Fiddle Festival $6,500 (2012-2013)
Middle Musquodobit Middle Musquodoboit Agricultural Society - Halifax County Exhibition $5,100 (2012-2013)
First South Mi'kmaq & French Descendents Reunion Association - Mi'kmaq Acadian Cultural Festival and Reunion $4,200 (2012-2013)
Truro Millbrook Powwow Committee - Millbrook Annual Powwow $9,800 (2012-2013)
Halifax Multicultural Association of Nova Scotia - RBC Multicultural Festival $8,300 (2012-2013)
New Glasgow New Glasgow Riverfront Music Jubilee Society - New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee Music Festival $28,900 (2012-2013)
Liverpool Privateer Days Commission - Privateer Days 2012 $34,600 (2012-2013)
River John River John Festival Days - River John Festival Days $2,700 (2012-2013)
Halifax Royal Nova Scotia  International Tattoo Society - Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo $16,600 (2012-2013)
Yarmouth Seafest Association - Seafest, Lobster Festival + Parade of Lights $11,600 (2012-2013)
North East Point Shag Harbour Incident Society (The) - Shag Harbour Incident Festival $2,200 (2012-2013)
Shelburne Shelburne County Agricultural Exhibition Association - Shelburne County Exhibition $3,800 (2012-2013)
Grand-Pré Société Promotion Grand-Pré (La) - Journées acadiennes à Grand-Pré 2012 $3,600 (2012-2013)
Bridgewater South Shore Exhibition Commission - South Shore Exhibition $27,500 (2012-2013)
Bridgewater South Shore in Motion Festival Society - South Shore in Motion $8,500 (2012-2013)
Yarmouth Tri-County Multicultural Association - Tri-County Multicultural Festival $6,000 (2012-2013)
Sydney Whitney Pier Society for the Arts - PierScape's 15th Anniversary $3,900 (2012-2013)
Wolfville Wolfville Historical Society - 200th Anniversary of the Randall House $5,800 (2012-2013)
Yarmouth Yarmouth County Agricultural Society - Western Nova Scotian Exhibition (South West Nova Cultural & Art Extravaganza) $11,500 (2012-2013)
TOTAL: $330,800

Museum Assistance Program (MAP)
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.
The Aboriginal Heritage component of the MAP supports the preservation, presentation, and management of Aboriginal cultural heritage. It also seeks to increase public awareness and understanding of the rich and diverse cultures of Aboriginal Peoples.
Truro Mi'kmawey Debert Cultural Centre - Anchoring the Future: Curatorial Resources and Skills for the MDCC $57,575 (2012-2013)
$61,640 (2013-2014)
The Collections Management component of the MAP aims to improve professional knowledge, skills and practices and to strengthen professional standards related to key museum functions for collections management. It also supports organizations in the development and delivery of resources or services that will benefit multiple museums.
Halifax Association of Nova Scotia Museums: Museums Studies Program and Collections Management Project $40,948 (2012-2013)
    TOTAL: $160,163


SOURCE Canadian Heritage

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Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

Gilles Thériault
Regional Communications
Atlantic 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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