April 27, 2009
DIEPPE (CNB) - The provincial government is making an investment of $850,000 toward the creation of an arts and cultural centre in Dieppe. Premier Shawn Graham made the announcement today.
"A strong arts and cultural sector helps New Brunswick attract and retain skilled workers and, in turn, strengthens our economy," said Graham. "The sector's contribution, both direct and indirect, to the economy and job creation, are well recognized. These are important elements to keep our province moving forward on the journey toward self-sufficiency."
Joining Graham for the announcement were Local Government Minister Bernard LeBlanc; Finance Minister Victor Boudreau, who is also the minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation; and Dieppe Mayor Jean LeBlanc.
"We are thrilled that the provincial government is investing in Dieppe's cultural sector," said Jean LeBlanc. "This announcement will enable our cultural community to widen its horizon and bring its creativity to the next level by sharing and working together under the same roof."
Funding will be provided to transform the former city hall and the first floor of the music school, an adjacent building, into a new arts and cultural centre.
The project calls for the renovation and redevelopment of the former city hall building through: improvements to the stage; the purchase and installation of specialized technical equipment; and the addition of an outdoor theatre, dance and art studios and a multifunctional room.
MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Andrée Bolduc, Office of the Premier, 506-444-2286; Bruce Macfarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606.