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August 27, 2010 13:30 ET

Minister James Moore Announces Funding for Victoria's Cultural and Aboriginal Communities

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 27, 2010) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced funding for 17 arts, culture, heritage, and Aboriginal projects in Victoria. Minister Moore made the announcement at the Royal British Columbia Museum in the presence of community representatives.

The funding is intended to support a wide range of projects, including the Canadian College of Performing Arts, the Intrepid Theatre Company Society, the Société Francophone de Victoria, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, and many others.

"Victoria's dynamic cultural scene is a major contributor to this city's excellent quality of life," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud to invest in these projects, which encourage Victoria's creative spirit so that residents and visitors can enjoy a variety of exciting artistic and cultural experiences."

"This essential support from the Government of Canada allows the Canadian College of Performing Arts to provide excellence in arts training," said Ron Schuster, College Director. "Our graduates have a proven record of outstanding levels of employment contributing to creating dynamic communities throughout Canada."

The Government of Canada has provided funding totalling $1,614,632 under nine programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage: the Aboriginal Women's Program element of the Aboriginal People's Program, the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, the Canada Cultural Investment Fund (Endowment Incentives component), the Canada Arts Training Fund, the Museums Assistance Program, the Vitrual Museum of Canada component of the Canadian Heritage Information Network, and the Cooperation with the Community Sector component and Cultural Development Fund of the Development of Official-Language Communities Program. For more information about the projects, see the attached backgrounder.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.

BACKGROUNDER

The following are the projects that are part of this announcement for the cultural sector in the Victoria area:

Aboriginal Women's Program element of the Aboriginal People's Program

The purpose of the Aboriginal Women's Program is to assist independent Aboriginal women's groups and organizations to carry out activities that support the full participation of Aboriginal women within their communities and Canadian society and assist them in reclaiming and using their unique Aboriginal identity and cultures.

  • Carriers of the Light, Victoria – $24,500

Canada Arts Presentation Fund

The Canada Arts Presentation Fund 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.

  • Intrepid Theatre Company Society, 2010–2011 and 2011–2012, Victoria – $160,000
  • Runnymede Enhancement Society, Victoria – $19,000
  • Dance Victoria, Victoria – $130,000
  • Belfry Theatre, Victoria – $20,000
  • Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival, Victoria – $15,000

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

  • Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria, Victoria – $14,100
  • Suddenly Dance Theatre Society, Victoria – $6,800

Canada Cultural Investment Fund (Endowment Incentives component)

The Endowment Incentives component encourages Canadians to donate to professional arts organizations. This year, the Government of Canada has provided 71 cents for every dollar donated by the private sector.

  • Victoria Foundation, Pacific Opera Victoria, Victoria – $78,118
  • Victoria Foundation, Early Music Society of the Islands, Victoria – $14,203
  • Victoria Foundation, Canadian Heritage Arts Society, Victoria – $8,522
  • Victoria Foundation, Open Space Arts Society, Victoria – $7,102

Canada Arts Training Fund

The Canada Arts Training Fund contributes to the development of Canadian creators and future cultural leaders of the Canadian arts sector by supporting the training of artists with high potential through institutions that offer training of the highest calibre.

  • Canadian College of Performing Arts, 2010–2011 to 2012–2013, Victoria – $630,000

Museums Assistance Program

The Museums Assistance Program provides funding to Canadian museums and related institutions for projects that foster excellence in museum activities and that facilitate access to the treasures of our collective heritage.

  • Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria – $60,000

Virtual Museum of Canada component of the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) Program

Virtualmuseum.ca is the result of a close partnership between Canada's museum community and the Department of Canadian Heritage. Spearheading this initiative, the Canadian Heritage Information Newtork is a national centre of excellence in technology, within the department, which has been helping the heritage community since 1972 to take full advantage of information technologies and to integrat these into their practices.

  • Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria – $152,750

Cooperation with the Community Sector component of the Development of Official-Language Communities Program

The Development of Official-Language Communities Program is designed to foster the vitality of Canada's French- and English-speaking minority communities and enable them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life.

  • Société Francophone de Victoria, Victoria – $250,037

Cultural Development Fund of the Development of Official-Language Communities Program

The objectives of the Cultural Development Fund include supporting and strengthening the cultural and artistic activities of official-language minority communities to enhance their vitality, and giving Canadians access to the richness of the culture, arts, and heritage of these communities.

  • Conseil Jeunesse Francophone de la Colombie–Britannique, Provincial – $24,500

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Matthew Deacon - Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    matthew.deacon@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca