National Arts Centre faces ‘diminished’ season of Indigenous Theatre after funding denial – Ottawa Business Journal

by ahnationtalk on April 3, 2019122 Views

The inaugural season of the National Arts Centre’s Indigenous Theatre will go forward in a “greatly diminished capacity” this year after $3.5 million of requested federal funding was denied.

Award-winning playwright Kevin Loring, the first-ever artistic director of the NAC’s Indigenous program, issued a letter on Facebook lamenting a lack of support from Canadian Heritage in the 2019 federal budget.

He said it will have a tangible impact on the first season, leaving the Ottawa-based performing arts centre to rely on fundraising efforts to support the Indigenous program. The scope of any subsequent seasons remains in question.

“Without ongoing financial support, we will not have the capacity to achieve our vision and full impact,” Loring wrote.

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