|By Marketwired .||
|May 10, 2014 04:00 PM EDT||
FORT MCMURRAY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/10/14 -- Department of Canadian Heritage
Fort McMurray residents and visitors will be able to enjoy a range of performances in music, dance, theatre, and comedy at Keyano Theatre College, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.
Federal support of $56,000 over two years ($28,000 in 2014-2015 and $28,000 in 2015-2016) through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund will allow Keyano College Theatre to present its 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 performance seasons.
The funding was announced today by the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health and Regional Minister for Northern Alberta, on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
-- The 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 Syncrude Arts Alive Presents Series will feature 18 performances by 14 acts in each of the seasons. -- Keyano College Theatre, established in 1978, is the only professional multidisciplinary presenter in Fort McMurray. -- The state-of-the-art facility, with a 594-seat theatre and a 194-seat recital theatre, welcomes more than 80,000 patrons each year. -- The Canada Arts Presentation Fund gives Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.
"Theatres across the country provide us with access to cultural experiences and nurture future generations of Canadian talent. Our Government is proud to invest in Keyano College Theatre and the Syncrude Arts Alive Presents Series."
-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
"Our Government knows that supporting Canadian culture-including the performing arts-means supporting Canada's economy and helping build strong and healthy communities. I look forward to seeing what's in store for the upcoming season."
-The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health and Regional Minister for Northern Alberta
"Supporting arts and culture in communities across Canada is something that our Government is proud to do. I am confident that this project will have a positive impact and greatly benefit the people of Fort McMurray."
-The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
"Keyano College Theatre is very active in providing professional performances of multiple genres to engage our audiences in rich cultural experiences. The funding we receive from the Canada Arts Presentation Fund demonstrates the commitment to the region's arts and cultural programming. The success of the past and future programming of our Syncrude Arts Alive Presents Series is made possible by the generous ongoing support we receive from the Canadian Government and the Department of Canadian Heritage. We are very excited about our upcoming seasons of diverse performances to engage our community."
-Alan Roberts, Director, Keyano College Theatre and Arts Centre
"Culture is an essential part of a vibrant community. It is something that turns our region from just a place to live in, to a place to call home. I am thankful for the federal government's support and appreciate the wonderful work Keyano College does to bring arts and culture programming to our citizens."
-Her Worship Melissa Blake, Mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
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