LONDON, ON, Oct. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Susan Truppe, Member of Parliament
(London North), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of
Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced funding for
improvements to London's Grand Theatre.
"The Grand Theatre is a dynamic player in our community's cultural
life," said Ms. Truppe. "Today's investment will help make this
professional arts space more accessible and efficient. I look forward
to seeing the results of these improvements, which will enhance the
theatre experience for both audiences and artists."
This investment will improve the energy efficiency of the building's
lighting and communication systems, ensure the Grand Theatre continues
to meet health and safety standards for performers, and improve
outreach for the theatre and local professional arts groups through a
new digital marquee.
"Our Government is proud to invest in vital and vibrant cultural
spaces," said Minister Glover. "Investments like this one in cultural
infrastructure benefit the economy and enhance the cultural profile of
"This support will allow us to continue with investments in the capacity
and energy efficiencies in safety and communication at our theatre.
Installation of digital marquee signage and lighting, new program
paging and sound, and the replacement of safety mechanisms for our fly
system will be addressed with this federal contribution," said Ron
Koudys, President of the Grand Theatre Board. "The Canada Cultural
Spaces Fund is integral to the fund raising initiatives of
not-for-profit arts organizations. This type of support provides the
critical foundation that then allows us to leverage matching funds to
complete necessary capital improvements to our buildings."
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $267,000 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund
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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