Creating New Opportunities for the Culture Industry

first_img Cultural organizations across Nova Scotia are getting some helpfrom the province to promote their activities, open new marketsand increase sales. Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage,announced today, Dec. 21., a total of $142,525 that will supportculture projects across the province. The investment comes fromthe department’s Industries Growth Program. “This investment will help our artists and cultural producers toraise their profile here at home and around the world,” said Mr.MacDonald. Funding was provided for projects involving visual arts, crafts,music, literature and theatre. The Inverness County Centre for the Arts received $4,400 toparticipate in a trade mission for art dealers in New York, whichwas organized by the Canadian Consulate and the Department ofCanadian Heritage. “Taking part in the trade mission allowed us to expand the export potential for Cape Breton artists,” said Kathy Hannigan,executive director for the centre. “New York and the eastern U.S.are important markets for our artists, so it was very helpful tomeet face-to-face with galleries that represent Canadian artiststo discuss new opportunities.” Three independent ceramics businesses received funding to exhibitat the 30th annual One of A Kind Show in Toronto. The largestretail craft show in Canada features the distinctive works ofunique artisans, artists and designers from across Canada. AlisonCude, owner of North of North Pottery in Halifax, participated inthe show in November. “While the primary purpose of the trip was to take part in thecraft show, it also was a good opportunity to meet with galleriesand other retails outlets in Toronto,” said Ms. Cude. “Theexposure helped me expand my customer base. In the past, I’vefocused on selling my work in Nova Scotia but now I’m expandingto include new audiences.” The Industries Growth Program provides $450,000 a year to supportprojects that enhance out-of-province sales of Nova Scotia’scultural products. It also supports the improvement of technicaland export capabilities and expands market opportunities andrevenues. Cultural industry organizations have three opportunities eachyear to apply for assistance under the program. The next deadlineis set for Jan. 15, 2005. TOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–Creating New Opportunities for theCulture Industrylast_img read more