The Alcoa Foundation and the Alcoa Baie-Comeau Smelter invest $1 million towards the construction of an arts and culture centre and setting up an arts exhibition hall in Baie-Comeau

    BAIE-COMEAU, QC, Sept. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of the festivities
marking the 50th anniversary of the Alcoa Baie-Comeau Smelter, Alcoa
Foundation President Meg McDonald and Smelter General Manager Pierre Morin
today announced an investment of $1 million towards construction of an arts
and culture centre and setting up of an arts exhibition hall in Baie-Comeau.
This is the largest donation by the Alcoa Foundation in Canada.
    Located adjacent to Théâtre de Baie-Comeau, the Arts and Culture Centre
will be a complex specifically dedicated to training, practice and outreach in
the performing arts and other cultural disciplines.
    The Centre will house music and dance studios in addition to a
multi-purpose studio for various productions. In addition, the Centre will
include a municipal library branch for users from the west side of the city
and the administrative offices of Théâtre de Baie-Comeau.
    The proximity to Théâtre de Baie-Comeau will meet an increasingly
pressing need for residences in creation and studios for touring artists who
wish to work on their projects during their stay in Baie-Comeau. The Centre
will also welcome artists from La Chant'Amuse Theatre Company.
    The visual arts community is not forgotten since part of the announced
donation will be used to set up an arts exhibition hall on Place La Salle
which should be completed in 2008. With this project, Baie-Comeau can boast
having an appropriate venue to exhibit the artwork from local painters and
other artists, the city's and other collections, for the population to enjoy.
    During the unveiling of the new centre's architectural model, Alcoa
Foundation President Meg McDonald stated that "this support fully reflects the
Foundation's mission to promote social responsibility and education in every
community where Alcoa is found, and to support projects intended for children
and families. The cultural centre will organize a number of activities that
should appeal to children and families, and this is why the Foundation is
pleased to be associated with this project."
    For his part, Alcoa Baie-Comeau Smelter General Manager Pierre Morin
added that, "construction of this centre in the Mingan area and setting up of
an arts exhibition hall in Marquette are perfectly in line with Alcoa's
philosophy of being very present in the community. By facilitating access and
participation in cultural life through concrete gestures and by promoting
synergy with the performing arts and accessibility to visual arts, we are
convinced that these projects will contribute to the quality of life of the
whole region. On the occasion of our 50th anniversary, we are proud to
contribute directly to establishing cultural venues that will serve for the
coming generations and that proves our long-term commitment to Baie-Comeau."

    About the Alcoa Foundation Alcoa

    Established in 1952, Alcoa Foundation is a global resource that actively
invests in improving the quality of life in the countries around the world
where Alcoa operates. The Foundation's grants address global and local needs
in Areas of Excellence that include: Conservation and Sustainability, Global
Education and Workplace Skills, Business and Community Partnerships and Safe
and Healthy Children and Families. Alcoa Foundation manages Alcoa's ACTION and
Bravo! programs which recognize the volunteer efforts of employees with grants
to the organizations they serve. For more information about Alcoa Foundation,
visit, under Community.

    About the Alcoa Baie-Comeau Smelter

    The Alcoa Baie-Comeau Smelter employs a team of 1,700 people and produces
more than 437,000 metric tons of aluminum annually. It is held by Alcoa, which
numbers 122,000 employees in 44 countries. The plant went into production in
1957 and ever since, it has contributed to the growth and vitality of
Baie-Comeau and the Manicouagan region, where it is proud to have put down
roots and where it intends to remain for a very long time to come.

For further information:

For further information: Gilles Chassé, Director of Communications,
Alcoa Baie-Comeau Smelter, (418) 296-7051,

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