Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 27, 2008 10:30 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Symposium d'arts visuels du Nord-Ouest du Nouveau-Brunswick

GRAND FALLS, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - March 27, 2008) - Residents and visitors to northwestern New Brunswick will be able meet professional visual artists and see them at work at the Symposium d'arts visuels du Nord-Ouest, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada.

Mike Allen, Member of Parliament (Tobique-Mactaquac), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced $18,000 in funding for the Symposium d'arts visuels du Nord-Ouest du Nouveau-Brunswick. The funding will be used to organize this year's symposium, to be held from April 30 to May 5, in Grand Falls.

"For nine years, the Symposium has promoted and encouraged the visual arts in the Madawaska and lower Saint Lawrence region," said Minister Verner. "The Government of Canada is pleased to provide this support for a festival that provides access to high-calibre artists and engages communities in the creative process."

"Our Government is committed to ensuring that all Canadians have access to the arts," said Mr. Allen. "I am delighted to announce the Government's support for this popular event, where fine quality artists share their work and talent with the community."

"Funding support from Arts Presentation Canada will allow the Symposium to meet its objectives," said Mario Lapointe, chair of the organization. The funding received for the 2008 season will enable the Symposium to do outreach and engage the community."

This year, the Symposium d'arts visuels will feature about fifty visual artists from New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, and the United States and will offer workshops, exhibitions, interactive sessions between audiences and artists, and outreach activities to schools.

The Government of Canada has provided this funding through the Arts Presentation Canada program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to provide Canadians with opportunities to experience the diversity and richness of Canada's culture through professional art festivals, performances, and other artistic experiences.

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

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations