Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 28, 2009 13:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Oakville Galleries

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 28, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Terence Young, Member of Parliament (Oakville), today announced funding for Oakville Galleries.

The funding will support a digitization project to improve collections management at Oakville Galleries. This two-part project will both improve the documentation of collections and develop an extensive online database. Established in 1980, Oakville Galleries is an amalgamation of Centennial Gallery and Gairloch Gallery. The two galleries feature Canadian and international contemporary art exhibitions and offer a variety of educational activities.

"With its excellent programming and high-quality exhibitions, Oakville Galleries makes a valuable contribution to the cultural vitality of this region," said Minister Moore. "These projects complement the investments our Government is making to reflect the changing technological landscape."

"I am proud that our Government is supporting local initiatives like this one," said Mr. Young. "My own family has a history with the arts community, so I am pleased that our Government is supporting Oakville Galleries-an organization that is central to Oakville's cultural identity."

"This kind of support encourages institutions to stay abreast of best museological practices, and to 'think big' where museum management strategies are concerned," said Matthew Hyland, Interim Director, Oakville Galleries. "For an institution like Oakville Galleries, the Government of Canada funding allows us to realize innovative projects we might not otherwise have the resources for."

The Government of Canada has provided $37,200 through the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides funding to Canadian museums and related institutions for projects that foster excellence in museum activities and that facilitate access to the treasures of our collective heritage.

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
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
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