Millions Invested in Nova Scotia

first_img The province is investing more than $2.6 million dollars in 53 ofNova Scotia’s leading cultural organizations. The organizationsinclude theatre companies, arts facilities, service organizationsand music festivals. Premier John Hamm and Tourism, Culture and Heritage MinisterRodney MacDonald made the announcement today, June 1, at NeptuneTheatre in Halifax. “Cultural organizations play a vital role in preserving andpromoting the various cultures that help define who we are as aprovince,” said Premier Hamm. “We are committed to investing inNova Scotia culture, in turn strengthening the social fabric ofour communities and enabling our economy to grow.” “All of the organizations receiving funding help to ensure thatNova Scotia’s diverse culture scene remains alive and continuesto develop,” said Mr. MacDonald. “Supporting this sector helps usin our goal to build a more prosperous Nova Scotia, bycontributing to our quality of life and well-being.” The funding comes from the department’s Anchor OrganizationsProgram, which provides operating funds to organizations, helpingthem to develop Nova Scotia’s cultural community. Neptune Theatre, a world-class live theatre venue in Halifax,received $255,000. “Investment by the province helps make so many important thingshappen at Neptune,” said Don Stoddard, vice-president NeptuneTheatre. “Our objectives for cultural growth are closely alignedwith the province. Support for anchor organizations like NeptuneTheatre contributes to initiatives like the development of newworks, opportunities for artists and community outreach.” Each successful applicant had to meet specific criteria,including proof of effective operations, the ability to generatetheir own resources and to offer programs that meet their mandateand the ability to deliver programs and services to the culturesector. With a total investment of $2,602,626 the organizationsare expected to generate an estimated $29 million in economicactivity during the year. Organizations across the province are receiving support, witheight in Cape Breton, nine in Halifax region, 11 in southern NovaScotia, eight in northern Nova Scotia, and 17 that are provincialin scope. The business of culture in Nova Scotia has an estimated yearlyvalue of $1.2 billion and creates more than 28,000 direct andindirect jobs. Overall, the province is investing more than $5 million incultural programming. Additional provincial resources supportcultural tourism and cultural heritage activities throughout theprovince. TOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–Millions Invested in Nova ScotiaCultural Organizationslast_img

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