Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

January 19, 2010 17:11 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Osprey Arts Centre

SHELBURNE, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 19, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament (South Shore-St. Margaret's), today announced funding for the upcoming performance season of the Osprey Arts Centre Association.

This funding will support the Osprey Art Centre's 2010-2011 performance season, which will feature about 50 artistic events and workshops, including a number of outreach activities.

"Our Government is proud to invest in the Osprey Arts Centre Association," said Minister Moore. "We are not only investing in our cultural sector, but also contributing to the economic and social vitality of rural communities like Shelburne across the country."

"The Osprey Arts Centre Association makes an outstanding contribution to the cultural landscape of this region," said Mr. Keddy. "This funding demonstrates our Government's support for arts and culture here in South Shore-St. Margaret's and across Canada."

"The funding we receive from the Government of Canada is critical to the continued success of the Osprey Arts Centre and the many artists it presents and supports," said Darcy Rhyno, General Manager of the Osprey Arts Centre. "Without it, we would not be able to continue to offer this rural community, including our youth, access to highest-quality performing, literary, and visual arts from across the country and around the province."

The Osprey Arts Centre is a very important performance venue in Shelburne County, being the only such venue between the towns of Liverpool and Yarmouth. Since its inception in 2003, the Centre has presented some 50 events per year featuring more than 250 professional, emerging and amateur artists from Nova Scotia and beyond. The Osprey Arts Centre Association engages in audience development and outreach activities through workshops, school presentations, lectures, a literary festival, gallery exhibitions, a monthly film program and summer youth camps in dance, music and theatre.

The Government of Canada has provided $10,000 through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (formerly Arts Presentation Canada program) (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/pac-apc/index-eng.cfm) of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Atlantic Region
    Claudine Daigle - Director
    Regional Communications
    506-851-3980
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca