NEW LISKEARD, ON, Sept. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - An investment in the Témiskaming Francophone community will help stimulate the local economy and create jobs. Funding for Centre culturel ARTEM (ARTÉMISKAMING) was announced today by Jay Aspin, Member of Parliament (Nipissing-Timiskaming), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
With this funding, the organization will present the Carrefour artistes francophones du Témiskaming, a gathering of 22 multidisciplinary Francophone and Aboriginal artists in the spring of 2013. The gathering will give the local artists the opportunity to present their work to the community and put together a catalogue that will describe the artists, their expertise, and their availability to help the community's schools and small and medium-sized businesses.
"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."
"Ongoing support from the Government of Canada enables the Centre culturel ARTEM to continue to support the Aboriginal and Francophone communities in the region," said Mr. Aspin. "This contribution will strengthen these communities' cultural identity and bring Francophones and Francophiles together through their love of art."
"On behalf of the Centre culturel ARTEM, I would like to sincerely thank the Government of Canada for its financial support for the project Carrefour artistes francophones du Témiskaming," said Ruth Belliveau-Blain, President of the Centre. "This grant will help us put together an interactive catalogue that brings together Francophone artists in the Témiskaming region."
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $5,230 through the Community Life component of the Development of Official-Language Communities Program. This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage aims to foster the development of Canada's minority Anglophone and Francophone communities and enable them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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