Performing arts centre and museum projects receive $280,000 in support

Town of Oakville cultural facilities benefit from federal grant program

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Performing arts centre and museum projects receive $280,000 in support
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Gisele Shaw

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Gisele Shaw is the Manager of Corporate Communication for the town of Oakville since 2002. Prior to working for the town she worked for Halton Region as a communications specialist. She is a graduate of Humber College.

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The Town of Oakville will receive $280,000 in federal funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages – Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to support projects at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts and the Oakville Museum.

“I’m pleased that the Department of Canadian Heritage has recognized the cultural significance that Oakville’s performing arts centre and museum play in our community.” said Oakville Mayor. “This funding will contribute to the high quality cultural experiences Oakville residents and visitors to Oakville have come to expect.”

The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and innovation. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing arts, visual arts, media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays. The Fund supports the improvement, renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities, the acquisition of specialized equipment, and feasibility studies.

“Our Government is proud to increase Canadians’ access to cultural spaces like the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts and the Oakville Museum, which enrich the community’s cultural life and strengthen its economy,” said The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Town of Oakville funding includes:

  • $241,000 for the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts (OCPA) to support the replacement of the speaker system in the auditorium and a portable audio, video and intercom system.
  • $39,000 for the Oakville Museum to support Phase II of the museum’s new artifact storage and collections work area at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre.

“The grant funding will ensure audiences enjoy a state-of-the-art sound experience when coming to see the local, national and international performances offered at the Oakville Centre,” said Nina de Vaal, director of recreation and culture for the Town of Oakville. “The funding will also allow the Oakville Museum to consolidate its entire reserve collection into one fully accessible, bright, clean environment with the majority of the collection in visible storage.”

The OCPA’s new sound system will be heard for the first time during the 2014-15 season opening performance by Suzanne Vega on Saturday, September 20.

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