January 21, 2011
Ministers Moore and Ambrose Announce Federal Support for Official Languages, Arts and Culture in Edmonotn
From left to right, Nora Bumanis, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s Lead Harpist; Minister Rona Ambrose; Minister James Moore; Annemarie Petrov, Executive Director of the Winspear Centre; Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre; and William Eddis, Music Director for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at the arts, culture and official languages announcement at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton.
Ministers Moore and Ambrose Announce Federal Support for Official Languages, Arts and Culture in Edmonton
The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, accompanied by the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for the Status of Women, today announced funding for 21 arts, culture, and official languages projects in Edmonton.
The funding will support a wide range of projects, including the Ice on Whyte Festival, the Formation des jeunes en arts visuels à travers l'Alberta, and the Edmonton International Jazz Festival.
“Arts and culture bring communities together, but it also represents an important part of our economy said Minister Moore. Our Government believes that investing in arts and culture is central to the economic health and well-being of communities across this country, including Edmonton and communities all across the province of Alberta”.
“Edmonton’s dynamic cultural scene is a major contributor to this city’s excellent quality of life,” said Minister Ambrose. “Our Government is proud to invest in these projects, which encourage Edmonton’s creative spirit so that residents and visitors can enjoy a variety of exciting artistic and cultural experiences.”
“The Endowment Incentives funding provided by the Government of Canada was the catalyst behind the formation of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival’s Endowment Fund,” said Terry Wickham, Producer of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. “These types of investments are important to the future growth and stability of Canada's leading arts organizations.”
The Government of Canada has provided funding totalling $1,021,869 under four programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage: the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, the Cooperation with the Community Sector component of the Development of Official-Language Communities Program and the Endowment Incentives component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund. For more information about the projects, see the attached backgrounder.