Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 25, 2009 21:30 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Station Arts Centre Theatre Renovations

ROSTHERN, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - April 25, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Maurice Vellacott, Member of Parliament (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin), today announced funding for the Station Arts Centre Cooperative.

The funding will allow for the expansion and renovation of the theatre space in the Station Arts Centre. Improvements consist of enlarging the stage, new stage curtains and lighting, and a reconfiguration of the backstage area to include dressing rooms and storage space. New chairs will also provide greater comfort and an increased seating capacity. As a result, audiences and artists will have the opportunity to experience more diverse programming in an updated and professional facility.

"The Station Arts Centre is recognized for its high-quality theatre productions and plays an important role in rural Saskatchewan's arts and culture sector," said Minister Moore. "Today's investment supports the modernization of this facility, which in turn benefits the artists and the economy of this region."

"The Rosthern Station Arts Centre is an expression of the vibrant community spirit in the Saskatoon-Wanuskewin region," said Mr. Vellacott. "The surrounding towns and cities enjoy a tremendous cultural benefit because of the dedication of local organizers."

"The Station Arts Centre Board of Directors is very grateful to the Government of Canada for supporting the renovation and upgrade project of the Station Arts Centre theatre and facility," said Natalie DeJong, Executive Director, Station Arts Centre. "We are very pleased with the outcome of the renovation and look forward to the increased and diversified arts programming that this project will allow!"

The Station Arts Centre, operated by the Station Arts Centre Cooperative, is located in Rosthern, Saskatchewan, in a 1902 CN railway station. The Centre was founded in 1988 and includes a performing arts space, theatre, art gallery, and tea room in addition to a meeting and workshop space. Thanks to its accessible location, the Centre draws patrons not only from its rural community, but also from Saskatoon and Prince Albert.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $110,000 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.

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    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
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    Francine D. Lefebvre
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