Harper Government Invests in J.M. Drama Alumni

KITCHENER, ON, Sept. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - An investment by the Government of Canada in performing arts in Kitchener will provide Canadians with access to arts and culture, create jobs, and promote economic growth in the region. Funding for the J.M. Drama Alumni performance series was announced today by Stephen Woodworth, Member of Parliament (Kitchener Centre), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

This investment will support J.M. Drama Alumni's performance series in 2012 and 2013. J.M. Drama is a multi-disciplinary series presenter that encourages and supports the development of the performing arts in the Waterloo Region. In addition to managing Kitchener's Registry Theatre, J.M. Drama puts forward an annual community theatre production and supports programs designed to allow individuals to develop their acting and directing skills.

"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."

"I am pleased to see the continued support from the Government of Canada for the performing arts and the cultural vitality of Kitchener," said Mr. Woodworth. "Thanks to the activities of the J.M. Drama, this community has access to quality artistic experiences that inspire and promote creativity in residents of all ages."

"The Government of Canada recognizes the value of nurturing Canadian arts and culture," said Lawrence McNaught, Director of Programming & Development, The Registry Theatre. "The support received from the Department of Canadian Heritage is instrumental in assisting J.M. Drama Alumni and the not-for-profit Registry Theatre to become a showcase for diverse artists from across Canada, as well as local arts organizations, for the benefit of our entire community."

The Government of Canada has provided total funding of $60,000 ($30,000 in 2012-2013 and $30,000 in 2013-2014) through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program 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.


SOURCE: Canadian Heritage

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Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

Jillian Lum
Manager, Communications Ontario 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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