Minister Rodriguez announces an investment in arts and culture in Halifax
HALIFAX, Dec. 10, 2018 /CNW/ - The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, today announced that the Government of Canada is providing $4.5 million in funding to a project by the Link Performing Arts Society. He was accompanied by Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism and Member of Parliament (Halifax).
The Government of Nova Scotia also took the opportunity to announce $2.79 million in funding for the same project, as well as $2.9 million for the Link Performing Arts Society through its program Invest Nova Scotia.
The investment provided by the Government of Canada, granted through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, will allow the organization to renovate the former Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre and transform it into a multidisciplinary cultural centre for the creation and presentation of theatre, dance, music and film.
Once completed, the new Link Arts Centre will allow the Greater Halifax Area to secure a prime position in Canada's creative industries.
"Cultural spaces like the future Link Arts Centre are outstanding gathering places that allow people from different artistic domains to come together to share their common interest in the arts and diverse forms of expression. Our government is proud to help make this project a reality, which will make arts and culture accessible to all members of the community."
—The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism
"The Halifax region has benefited greatly from arts and culture for many years. The Link Arts Centre will give our city and the whole region an additional asset. The artists, creators and the general public will now have access to modern and accessible spaces, right here in downtown Halifax."
—Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism and Member of Parliament (Halifax)
"The Link Arts Centre will be a multidisciplinary centre of creativity that will inspire artists and audiences alike. It will cement Halifax as the cultural capital of Atlantic Canada and help nurture the next generation of creative entrepreneurs in our region."
—Scott Long, Chair, The Link Performing Arts Society
"We are excited to launch the final round of consultations and design work and to start construction for The Link, which will supercharge the downtown entertainment scene and enrich the culture of Nova Scotia when it opens in 2020. We want to thank the many supporters who have helped us reach this incredible milestone."
—Marc Almon and Rob Power, Founders, Culture Link CIC
The Link Arts Centre will be located in the former World Trade and Convention Centre in downtown Halifax. The new centre will have a total area of 84,000 square feet.
The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund plays a key role in improving physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to visual, media and performing arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays.
The Fund was established in 2001. As of March 31, 2018, it had provided nearly $665 million to 1,841 projects in every province and territory.
In Budget 2017, the Government of Canada announced an additional $300 million over 10 years for the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, starting in 2018–19, to further support creative hubs and other cultural spaces.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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