Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 26, 2010 13:30 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the Arts in Brantford

BRANTFORD, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 26, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Phil McColeman, Member of Parliament (Brant), today announced funding for Brantford's "Find Your Spirit – Celebrate the Artist" Weekend.

On June 4 and 5, the Brantford Arts Block will present its 3rd annual edition of the event, which will feature theatre and dance performances, visual art installations, poetry readings, and spoken word performances. This free festival in downtown Brantford connects the public with artists in their community to inspire a life-long engagement with the arts.

"Our Government is proud to support Brantford's 'Find Your Spirit – Celebrate the Artist' Weekend," said Minister Moore. "Community-based celebrations like this one find a place in our collective memories. They play an important role in creating a sense of belonging among residents and connecting us to our communities and, ultimately, to our country."

"Our Government recognizes the importance of arts and culture in our community," said Mr. McColeman. "This investment provides Brantford with an opportunity to showcase its artists and celebrate its local talent."

"We would like to thank the Government of Canada for their generous support," said Josh Bean, Executive Director of the Brantford Arts Block. "This funding will allow us to continue the recruitment of artists and further our outreach to the community as part of our yearly celebration of arts and culture."

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
    Matthew Deacon, Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations