SHELBURNE, NS, March 13, 2012 /CNW/ - The community of Shelburne will be able to enjoy independent Canadian, international, and classic films, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. This was announced today by Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and for the Atlantic Gateway and Member of Parliament (South Shore-St. Margaret's), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
Funding will enable the Osprey Arts Centre—a multi-disciplinary arts organization established in 2002—to purchase a cinema-quality multimedia projector and projection screen to offer film screenings for local audiences. The new film equipment will also be used by a variety of performers such as dance and theatre organizations, musical groups, and the Maritime Concert Opera. As part of efforts to stimulate filmmaking in the community, the Osprey plans to use the new film equipment in workshops for youth and adults.
"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in organizations like the Osprey Arts Centre," said Minister Moore. "By investing in organizations that provide local access to the arts, our Government is delivering on its commitment to support our arts, culture, and heritage, while strengthening the economy of Nova Scotia."
"The Osprey Arts Centre is a vital element of Shelburne County's cultural landscape," said Mr. Keddy. "Our Government recognizes that the opportunity for diverse artistic experiences is important to the cultural and economic well-being of communities."
"The Osprey Arts Centre is grateful to the Government of Canada for supporting our Feature Presentation project to purchase new film projection equipment," said Darcy Rhyno, Manager of the Centre. "With this equipment, the Osprey will be better able to serve the community by expanding our programming to include film and multimedia presentations. The Osprey is an indispensable part of this community's infrastructure, and the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage will further secure that role."
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $10,690 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program 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.
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(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)