Chilliwack Cultural Centre gets funding for special performances

The funding will pave the way for 30 acts in 39 performances in the 575- and 160-seat venues run in the Cultural Centre

Chilliwack Arts and Cultural Centre Society just got a $10,000 funding boost to support emerging and aboriginal artists, as well as music, dance and theatre.

The federal funding investment was announced Wednesday by Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP Mark Strahl on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Thanks to this funding, the Cultural Centre Society will be able to present a series of about 30 acts in 39 performances in the 575- and 160-seat venues run by the society on behalf of the City of Chilliwack.

“Our Government is proud to invest in the presentations of live performances like those of the Chilliwack Arts and Cultural Centre Society that contribute to our collective identity and define who we are as Canadians,” said Moore.

The $10,000 is from the Canada Arts Presentation Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage, which 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.

“The Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Society is thrilled to receive the news of this increased level of funding,” said Michael Cade, executive director. “The Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund has given clear support for the exciting work the Society is doing to ensure that all Chilliwack residents have access to the widest possible range of professional live performance experiences.”

There’s even an economic angle.

“The support of arts and cultural organizations can do more than stimulate creativity. A healthy arts and cultural sector can be an important economic driver,” said Strahl.

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