The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and Gord Brown, Member of Parliament (Leeds–Grenville), announced federal funding for the Grand Theatre in Kingston.
The fund will go towards the Theatre’s professional arts programming that begins April 1 and continues to March 31, 2011. The multidisciplinary arts presenter provides dance, acting, and music, along with a variety of other programs for Kingston children and families. It will also ensure families will be able to access artistic works that reflect the Country’s cultural diversity.
Minister James Moore has described the recently renovated Grand Theatre as having made “an outstanding contribution to the cultural vitality of Kingston.”
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Gordon Brown remarked that he was pleased that the Government is able to assist with the program and called the Grand Theater a cultural institution in Kingston.
The $45,000 funding by the Government was provided through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. Its mandate is to provide Canadians better access to the variety and richness of Canada’s culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.
Brian McCurdy, Cultural Director for the City of Kingston, described the new funding as being critical to bringing the outstanding quality of performers in our Grand Theatre Presents season to Kingston.
He added, “We are very grateful for the federal government’s commitment to support the internationally renowned artists that appear on the Grand stage as part of our presenting program.”
Photo from the Grand Theatre website