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April 13, 2007
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Building Manitoba’s Cultural Foundation A Priority: Robinson
Manitoba’s premiere cultural facilities will continue to attract and educate visitors thanks to a $3.9 million investment announced today by Culture, Heritage and Tourism Minister Eric Robinson.
“The rich history and artistic excellence found within Manitoba’s arts and culture community touches all our lives. Whether you are a student visiting a museum or a local artist creating a new exhibit, we all benefit from the experience of a cultural attraction,” said Robinson. “Manitoba is proud to be the second-highest-per-capita cultural funder in Canada.”
A total of $2.3 million will be invested over the next two years to complete the re-cladding project at the Manitoba Museum. The project will ensure the aesthetic of the mid-century modern facility is preserved. The Manitoba limestone panels will be removed and reinstalled over new framing, ensuring that Manitobans of all ages will continue to enjoy the museum for decades to come.The museum’s Science Gallery will receive a $300,000 grant to renew the exhibits in the gallery to ensure it continues to engage the scientists of tomorrow and pique their curiosity, the minister said, adding science centres are essential community assets for teachers and students.
The Winnipeg Art Gallery will be receiving $1.3 million to repair the roof of the 36-year-old facility. Since its founding in 1912, the Winnipeg Art Gallery has amassed a collection of over 22,500 works. The gallery’s collection of contemporary Inuit art is the largest in the world which includes 10,000 carvings, prints, drawings and textiles. The existing building was designed by Gustavo da Rosa and opened in 1971.
The minister also noted the province will support the addition of the St. Boniface Museum to the Signature Theme Museum Program. The museum will be eligible to receive $55,000 to augment its programming which provides interpretation of the development of Western Canada’s French and Métis communities.
“Our province’s thriving and diverse arts and heritage scene will continue to provide quality programming for the nearly one million Manitobans and tourists who visit these institutions annually,” added Robinson.
Recently the province announced $330,000 in matching funds to the Manitoba Theatre Centre endowment to help support Canada’s oldest English-language regional theatre.
The minister also noted the funding announced today brings the provincial investment in Manitoba’s cultural infrastructure to more than $11 million over the last eight years.
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