Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 23, 2008 14:30 ET

The Government of Canada Supports India School of Dance, Music and Theatre

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - April 23, 2008) - Manitoba's cultural scene will be enhanced with the development of a new arts and cultural centre in Winnipeg, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Rod Bruinooge, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians and Member of Parliament (Winnipeg South), and today announced funding for the India School of Dance, Music and Theatre.

Funding of $440,000 will support the purchase of a property that will house the India School of Dance, Music and Theatre and three other organizations that will form the new Indo-Canadian Arts and Cultural Centre. The centre will be a secular, multi-use venue where the artistic talents, culture, and heritage of the Indo-Canadian community can be fostered and shared.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to support arts and culture in Manitoba," said Minister Verner. "Supporting projects such as the Indo-Canadian Arts and Cultural Centre contributes to the cultural vitality of our country by increasing access to quality arts and heritage exhibitions, to the benefit of local arts, artists, and audiences."

"The Indo-Canadian Arts and Cultural Centre is a wonderful project that will benefit the community and give Canadians access to this group's history and culture," said Mr. Bruinooge. "This investment will benefit artists, the arts, and the economy of Winnipeg."

"Community ownership and pride in the Indo-Canadian Arts and Cultural Centre is evident in the feedback received and the financial contributions made so generously." said Pamela Rebello, Executive Director of the India School of Dance, Music and Theatre. "The facility will provide many opportunities to serve the community and celebrate the arts in a Canadian lifestyle setting."

The Government of Canada has provided this funding through the Cultural Spaces Canada Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program contributes to improved physical conditions for artistic creativity and presentation or exhibition. It is designed to improve access for Canadians to the performing, visual, and media arts, as well as to museum collections and heritage exhibitions.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Office of the Minister of Indian Affairs and
    Northern Development
    Ted Yeomans
    Director of Communications
    819 997-0002
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Prairies and Northern Region
    Angela Cassie
    A/Director of Communications and
    Executive Services
    204 983-4367