Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 10, 2008 09:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Osprey Arts Centre Association

SHELBURNE, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - June 10, 2008) - Residents of Shelburne will be able to enjoy performances of music, dance, and theatre, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

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

Funding of $10,000 will allow the Association to present its 2008 programming. The Osprey Arts Centre will feature professional and emerging artists from various artistic backgrounds, as well as different workshops, film screenings, and other cultural activities.

"The Government of Canada is proud to support the Osprey Arts Centre Association in presenting its annual programming," said Minister Verner. "Our country's cultural richness and artistic variety is well represented in the Centre's programming."

"The Osprey Arts Centre contributes to the vitality of our community," said Mr. Keddy. "I wish to congratulate promoters like the Osprey Arts Centre for their important contribution to increasing access to the arts and culture in rural communities."

"The support we receive from the Department of Canadian Heritage makes it possible to continue programming classical music and contemporary dance, as well as touring theatre companies in our community," said Holly Renaud, Chair of the Osprey Arts Centre. "It also assists us in our outreach to the schools and young people with workshops and school shows, two important initiatives that provide cultural opportunities and education that would otherwise be unavailable in this rural area."

Established in 2002, the Osprey Arts Centre promotes the presentation of artistic performances in the rural area of Shelburne County in Nova Scotia. Music, theatre, literature and visual arts are among the artistic disciplines that are presented at the Centre. The Osprey Arts Centre also offers workshops and proficiency courses related to arts and culture.

The Government of Canada has provided this support through the Arts Presentation Canada Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians increased access to the diversity and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional 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
    and Minister for La Francophonie
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations