Chong Announces $350,000 for Georgetown Art Gallery

March 1, 2013

GEORGETOWN – Michael Chong, Member of Parliament for Wellington-Halton Hills, today announced an investment of $350,000 from the Government of Canada for upgrades to the Halton Hills Cultural Centre to support Canadian arts and culture.

This investment has contributed to the renovation of the new Helson Gallery, a professional public art gallery which is part of the Town ofHalton Hills’ expanded Cultural Centre. The Helson Gallery maintains a significant and valuable Canadian art collection that will now be available for public viewing for the first time.

“The Government of Canada strongly believes in Canadian arts and culture,” said Chong. “That’s why we are proud to support this collection of iconic Canadian art that includes paintings from the Group of Seven. Local residents will now be able to see these works of art for years to come.”

By investing in local cultural and infrastructure projects like these, the government is supporting the local economy and providing opportunities for people to connect in their communities though arts, culture and heritage.

“What great news as we officially open the Helson Gallery to the public,” said Rick Bonnette, Mayor of Halton Hills. “The support of the Government of Canada is invaluable as we unveil an amazing art collection of Canadian significance.”

The Government of Canada provided this funding through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition, and increase access for Canadians to performing, visual, and media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays.

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