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February 11, 2010 16:30 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the Surrey Art Gallery Association

SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 11, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Nina Grewal, Member of Parliament (Fleetwood-Port Kells), today announced funding for the Surrey Art Gallery Association.

This investment will allow the Surrey Art Gallery to expand the gallery's permanent vault and contribute to technical upgrades. The project will improve the standards of the facility and enhance the gallery's capacity to present contemporary art to the public.

"Our Government is stimulating the economy by investing in a number of key sectors, including arts and culture," said Minister Moore. "By supporting this important facility's technical equipment upgrade, we are helping to ensure that Canadians have access to exceptional artistic experiences in their communities."

"I am pleased that our Government has chosen to invest in improvements to the Surrey Art Gallery," said Mrs. Grewal. "This money will help to ensure that the gallery remains a vital part of our community's cultural life and will continue to enrich the lives of residents for years to come."

"A museum's permanent collection is its heart and soul," said Joan Owen, President, Surrey Art Gallery Association. "This support from the Government of Canada, matched equally by the City of Surrey, is immensely valuable in helping us build a cultural legacy for future residents of Surrey, the province of British Columbia, and Canada as a whole."

The Surrey Art Gallery Association is an independent, non-profit society dedicated to supporting the Surrey Art Gallery. Established in 1975, the Surrey Art Gallery presents contemporary art exhibitions and programming to the residents of Surrey and the larger community.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $122,519 under the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (formerly Cultural Spaces Canada) of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentations or exhibitions. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing arts, visual arts, media arts, museum collections, and heritage displays.

The Government of Canada is investing $540 million in the arts and culture sector to stimulate the economy as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan. It also recently renewed funding for federal arts programs totalling $1.51 billion over the next five years.

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Contact Information

  • Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    Perry Boldt
    A/Regional Manager Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    TTY: 1 888-997-3123