April 30, 2010
MONCTON (CNB) - The provincial and federal governments are investing a total of $1.05 million to support the Touring and Presenting Assistance Program to Support Arts and Culture in Acadia.
Each government will contribute half of the budget retroactive to 2009 until 2012. The project is being made possible through the Cultural Development Fund.
The announcement was made by Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Hédard Albert and James Moore, minister of Canadian heritage and official languages.
"The Government of New Brunswick, in partnership with Canadian Heritage, is pleased to support arts and cultural expression within New Brunswick's Acadian community while giving residents increased access to local artists," said Albert. "We cannot say enough about the excellence of Acadian professional artists. They produce high-quality works, shows and events that are acclaimed across the country and abroad. This program will offer the province's residents even more opportunities to be amazed by their creations."
The program is intended to increase the circulation of works by New Brunswick's Acadian artists throughout the province. It also supports the presentation of touring productions created by these artists.
"Our government is a leader in supporting the development of the country's official-language minority communities," said Moore. "The program that we are announcing today makes me particularly proud, as it allows for Acadian talent to have an even greater reach and offers support to the arts and culture sector."
The Cultural Development Fund was announced as part of the Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality 2008-2013: Acting for the Future. It is part of the Community Life component of the Development of Official-Language Communities Program run by the Department of Canadian Heritage.
The program aims to foster the development of Canada's minority anglophone and francophone communities and enable them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life.
The program is part of the provincial government's Global Strategy for the Integration of Arts and Culture into Acadian Society, which recommends the creation of funding programs adapted to the realities of Acadia's arts and culture sector.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Elizabeth Joubert, communications, Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, 506-457-6445; Matthew Deacon, press secretary, Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, 819-997-7788; media relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155.