Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

August 24, 2009 14:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports the Bill Miner Society for Cultural Advancement

ARMSTRONG, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 24, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Colin Mayes, Member of Parliament (Okanagan-Shuswap), today announced funding for the Bill Miner Society for Cultural Advancement to build and equip a multi-purpose Rain Venue at the Caravan Farm Theatre in Armstrong, British Columbia. This versatile structure will act as a temporary home for the Society's summer productions and a permanent home for events during other seasons. It will also be available for rehearsal and workshops for a variety of organizations.

"Our Government is pleased to invest in improvements to the venue of the Bill Miner Society for Cultural Advancement," said Minister Moore. "This investment will allow the region's residents and visitors to continue to take advantage of the unique enriching artistic experience that the Society provides."

"I am very happy that our Government is investing in infrastructure projects such as the Caravan Farm Theatre Rain Venue," said Colin Mayes. "This one-of-a-kind facility will allow our community and visitors to appreciate cultural traditions through entertaining arts events for many years to come."

"The Bill Miner Society for Cultural Advancement is very grateful to receive support from the Government of Canada for this critical infrastructure improvement," said Sean Newton, General Manager of the Caravan Farm Theatre. "This project will improve access for our audience by providing protection from inclement weather during outdoor productions and will allow the Theatre to expand and diversify its season of cultural events."

The Bill Miner Society for Cultural Advancement has provided meaningful, popular, open-air theatre to a large and diverse family audience since 1970. The Society operates a professional outdoor theatre company that presents three main stage productions annually. The events usually incorporate horses and are tailored to suit the rural nature of the venue.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $40,000 under the Cultural Spaces Canada program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing arts, visual arts, media arts, museum collections, and heritage displays.

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
    Western Region
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager, Communications
    604-666-6504
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca