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March 24, 2010 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in ArtSpring Theatre Upgrade

SALT SPRING ISLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 24, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport) and Member of Parliament (Saanich–Gulf Islands), today announced funding for the Island Arts Centre Society on Salt Spring Island.

This funding will allow the Society to purchase specialized audio, lighting, and hearing assistance equipment as part of a technical upgrade to modernize the ArtSpring Theatre. These upgrades will meet the needs of today's artists performing at the theatre, while improving its technical capacity to present artistic and cultural performances.

"Our Government is proud to provide funding to improve cultural infrastructure," said Minister Moore. "By ensuring that our theatres are equipped with the most up-to-date tools, we are able to provide Canadians with richer cultural experiences in their communities."

"I am very pleased to announce funding for upgrades to Salt Spring Island's ArtSpring Theatre," said Minister of State Lunn. "These upgrades will ensure that ArtSpring is able to provide a high-quality artistic experience for local residents and visitors alike."

"We are very grateful to the Government of Canada for its assistance in upgrading our fine small theatre," said George Sipos, Executive Director. "It is a huge benefit to have up-to-date technical facilities so that we can continue to bring the best music, theatre, and dance our country has to offer to our local community."

The Island Arts Society, established in 1989, operates and maintains the ArtSpring Theatre. The Theatre houses more than 250 seats and has come to play a prominent role in the cultural landscape of Salt Spring Island. With the purchase of new equipment, the Theatre will improve its sound capability and the quality of lighting for future productions. These upgrades will also allow the Society to attract high-quality productions and artists to the ArtSpring Theatre and help preserve and expand the local cultural scene.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $8,790 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing, visual, and media arts and to museum collections and heritage displays.

The Government of Canada is investing $540 million in the arts and culture sector to stimulate the economy as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan. It also recently renewed funding for federal arts programs totalling $1.51 billion over the next five years.

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