July 12, 2010
LENOX, Mass. (CNB) - The provincial government and the State of Maine have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to strengthen their cultural ties.
Premier Shawn Graham and Maine Governor John Baldacci signed the MOU today at the 34th Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers.
The two jurisdictions have committed themselves to establishing the Maine - New Brunswick Cultural Initiative, which will explore opportunities for mutual benefits from strengthened cultural relations.
"This initiative builds on the long tradition of friendship that New Brunswickers have enjoyed with the people of Maine," said Graham. "We look forward to sharing the rich culture of our communities and artists with our neighbours and identifying new opportunities for co-operation in the promotion of arts and culture."
Both jurisdictions will consult with their stakeholders to determine the scope of opportunities for cultural exchange. The MOU acknowledges the contributions made by creative individuals, businesses and organizations to the economic and social well-being of communities.
"Maine's ties with our friends in New Brunswick are strong," said Baldacci. "I am pleased that, in the past few years, we have expanded our partnerships, especially in the areas of education, energy and the economy. The agreement we sign today builds on these ties and will enhance our creative economies."
The cultural initiative will also support planning for the 2014 Congrès Mondial Acadien - l'Acadie des Terres et Forêts - which will be held in northwestern New Brunswick, northern Maine, and Témiscouata, Que.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Hillary Casey, communications, Office of the Premier, 506-453-2144; David Farmer, Office of Governor of Maine, 207-287-3531.