Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

August 04, 2008 09:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Chester Art Centre Association

CHESTER, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 4, 2008) - Residents and visitors to the Chester area will have an opportunity to take part in the Chester Art Festival, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament (South Shore-St. Margaret's), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced funding for the Chester Art Centre Association.

Funding of $3,000 will help the Chester Art Centre Association present the third edition of the Chester Art Festival, which will take place August 7 to 17, 2008. The festival provides opportunities for residents and visitors to learn about art in its many forms and experience it in a practical way. Lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and an art fair are among the activities being planned for this year's event.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to announce funding for the Chester Art Festival," said Minister Verner. "We are proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate local history, arts, and heritage."

"Local festivals like this one bring people of all ages and backgrounds together and contribute to building strong communities," said Mr. Keddy. "I am proud that our Government has taken decisive steps to strengthen our shared sense of heritage."

The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, announced in September 2007, provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in events and activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage. This program will benefit many community events and anniversaries throughout Canada this year.

Applications for funding for festivals to be held between January 1 and August 31, 2009, and for community historical commemorations between January 1 and December 31, 2009, must be received by September 1, 2008.

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

Contact Information

  • Canadian Heritage
    Atlantic Region
    Claudine Daigle
    Director, Regional
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and
    Status of Women and Minister for La Francophonie
    Kassandra Albert
    Press Secretary