NL & Federal Governments Invest Over $3 million in Arts and Culture Centres

Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, and Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for St. John’s South- Mount Pearl, announced an investment of approximately $3.3 million for upgrades and specialized equipment for the six arts and culture centres in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Provincial Government is contributing $1.4 million towards this initiative with the Federal Government providing $1.9 million.

This investment will enable the arts and culture centres to increase community use and capacity, expand programming and reach wider audiences.

The St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre will receive new seating to replace the original 50-year-old chairs in the mainstage theatre; new flooring in the main theatre and concourse; a more accessible entrance to the Barbara Barrett Theatre in the centre’s basement; and upgraded audio and lighting equipment based on client need and industry standards.

The five other centres will receive upgrades to audio and lighting systems. Artists and technicians will be able to increase their creative capacity as the centres achieve current production standards.

The Government of Canada funding is being provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage.