Feds Fund Yellowknife's Northern Arts and Cultural Centre
YELLOWKNIFE, February 21, 2012 – Audiences across the Northwest Territories will be able to enjoy professional performances in music, dance and theatre, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.
With this funding, the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre (NACC) will expand its programming between April 2012 and March 2014. As a result, audiences in the communities of Yellowknife, Norman Wells, Fort Simpson, Inuvik and Hay River will be able to attend performances by Canadian and international artists. The NACC will also create opportunities for performing artists to get public exposure and further develop their professional careers. In addition, the NACC will present its Storytelling Festival in May and June of 2012 and 2013, expanding it to include events in eight communities in the Northwest Territories.
"Arts presenters contribute to our quality of life and the economic health of our country by introducing a variety of professional artists to Canadians," said Minister Aglukkaq. "The investment announced today will ensure that these artistic experiences are accessible and available for all to enjoy."
"We are pleased to receive news of this support from the Government of Canada," said Ben Nind, Executive and Artistic Director of the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre. "The Centre has worked very hard over the last seven years in developing the support mechanisms in all regions of the Northwest Territories to host seasonal presentations and community and school workshops. The funding from the Government, in conjunction with our other sponsors and funders, is critical in supporting this cultural initiative."
For over 27 years, the NACC has served as a venue and supporting agency for northern, national and international artists. From educational workshops to performing artist mentorships, NACC offers a variety of programs in communities throughout the Northwest Territories.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $370,000 ($180,000 in 2012–2013 and $190,000 in 2013–2014) through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program 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.
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