Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 03, 2009 09:00 ET

Helping Make the Community More Vibrant: The Government of Canada Supports Osprey Arts Centre

SHELBURNE, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - April 3, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament (South Shore-St. Margaret's), today announced funding for the Osprey Arts Centre Association.

This funding will support the Osprey Art Centre's upcoming season, which includes performances of dance, theatre, and music presented by more than 300 culturally diverse professional and emerging artists.

"Our Government recognizes the importance of arts and culture, which is why we are providing support for this dynamic and innovative sector," said Minister Moore. "By investing in organizations like the Osprey, we are not only investing in our cultural sector, but also contributing to the economic and social vitality of Canadian rural communities."

"The Osprey Arts Centre plays an important role in bringing diverse artistic experiences to the people of Shelburne County," said Mr. Keddy. "Our Government believes that these contributions are a great way to ensure more local cultural activity-activity that helps build the social and economic foundations of our communities, while also building audiences for arts organizations."

"We are located in a remote community with few opportunities to access cultural activities," said Susan Hoover, Artistic Director of the Osprey Arts Centre. "We are especially appreciative of the funds we obtain from the Government of Canada to help us bring a variety of the best artists in Canada to our venue."

Established in 2003, the Osprey Arts Centre is an important performance venue in Shelburne County. Beyond mainstream and programming for youth, the Centre strives to provide residents of Shelburne and the surrounding area with a place to learn about themselves and the world around them through dance, art, music, and theatre.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $10,000 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, presentation 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
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Atlantic Region
    Claudine Daigle
    Director, Regional
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations