April 22, 2014 – Haliburton, Ontario – Department of Canadian Heritage
The Government of Canada has provided $40,000 to the Arts Council–Haliburton Highlands through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund to support the first ever Symposium for the Performing Arts in Rural Communities (SPARC). The Symposium will be held April 24 to 27, 2014, at various locations in Haliburton County.
The announcement was made today by Barry Devolin, Member of Parliament (Haliburton–Kawartha Lakes–Brock), on behalf of Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover.
“Millions of Canadians attend thousands of cultural events in communities of all sizes and in all parts of Canada. Today’s announcement demonstrates our Government’s commitment to supporting initiatives that enrich the economic and cultural life of our communities and make this country a wonderful place to live.”
—Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
“Our Government is proud to support projects that contribute to the development of vibrant cultural industries in rural Canada. This investment will allow artists and organizations across rural Ontario to connect and explore new ways to enhance arts and culture in their communities.”
—Barry Devolin, Member of Parliament (Haliburton–Kawartha Lakes–Brock)
“We are delighted to partner with Canadian Heritage on this important endeavour. The organizing committee hopes that the Symposium will have a lasting impact on the performing arts in rural Canada.”
—Lesley English, SPARC Chair
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