Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

September 01, 2009 11:11 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Artsweek 2009

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 1, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Dean Del Mastro, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member of Parliament (Peterborough), today announced funding for Peterborough's Artsweek 2009.

Artsweek will hold its 5th annual edition from September 19 to 27 at various venues across the city. These events will showcase many local artists and give the community opportunities to enjoy a wide variety of artistic disciplines and innovative programming, free of charge. Activities will include visual arts, theatre, dance, film, music, video, and readings by local artists.

"Congratulations to all the volunteers involved in Artsweek 2009 who help ensure that it enjoys another successful year," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud to support this annual celebration, which plays a vital role in supporting Peterborough's arts and cultural sector."

"I am proud to live in a city that is dedicated to supporting artistic creativity," said Mr. Del Mastro. "It is wonderful to see individuals express themselves through so many innovative art forms, and it is important to ensure that Canadian artists are given the chance to reach their full potential."

"Artsweek is thrilled to receive support through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program," said April Steele, Coordinator of Artsweek 2009. "With these additional funds, we are now more able to advance, foster, and promote the appreciation and understanding of arts and culture in the city of Peterborough."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $10,800 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage ( program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Stephanie Rea - Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations