STRATFORD, ON, Oct. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - An investment by the Government of Canada in culture and heritage in the Stratford and Perth County area will help boost the local economy and benefit residents and visitors. Support was announced today by Gary Schellenberger, Member of Parliament (Perth-Wellington), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
Funding will allow the Stratford Perth Museum Association to renovate a verandah and main staircase, which will improve safety standards and create a better overall experience for visitors to the Museum.
"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 like the one undertaken by the Stratford Perth Museum Association, which provide Canadians with improved access to our history. 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."
"The Stratford Perth Museum is not only recognized for its terrific collection and presentation of artifacts and exhibits, but also for the building's unique architecture," said Mr. Schellenberger. "With this Government of Canada investment, the newly renovated verandah and front entrance will allow greater accessibility to the Museum while enhancing visitors' experiences."
"The Stratford Perth Museum is thrilled to have received a grant from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund which will allow us to renovate and stabilize our wrap-around verandah and front steps," said Linda Carter, Director/Curator of the Stratford Perth Museum. "It is greatly appreciated as it allows us to enhance the visitor experience, utilize the space for valuable outdoor programming, and provide an added opportunity to celebrate our community's rich cultural heritage."
The Government of Canada has provided funding of up to $28,000 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.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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