New Cultural and Creativity Center to Benefit Performing and Visual Arts in Northeast Nova Scotia

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GUYSBOROUGH, NS, July 22, 2022 /CNW/ – Today, Mike KelwayParliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for Cape Breton—Canso, on behalf of the Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honorable Pat Dunn , Minister of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage, and Emmy Alcornartistic director of the Mulgrave Road Theatre, announced more $2.6 million in federal funding for the construction of the new RoadHouse Creative Centre, a facility for local and regional artists in Northeast Nova Scotia.

“The performing and visual arts sector has a long history in Canada, helping to define and preserve our cultural identity. Using digital and sustainable technologies, this creativity hub will support theater artists, musicians, visual artists and many more for many years to come – creating lasting benefits for Guysborough and Northeast Nova Scotia,” said Mike KelwayParliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for Cape Breton—Canso, on behalf of the Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities.

“For over 45 years, the Mulgrave Road Theater has been delighting audiences, bringing new Canadian works to life and providing programs to inspire the next generation of writers and performers. Our government is proud to support the expanded RoadHouse Community Creative Hub, which is having a big impact on from Nova Scotia vibrant arts community,” said the Honorable Pat Dunn, Minister of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage.

“We are very grateful to the government for Canada for this tremendous contribution, which allows us to be not only cultural leaders, but also environmental leaders, and takes us beyond a dream to make our vision a reality,” said Emmy Alcornartistic director of the Mulgrave Road Theatre.

Situated at GuysboroughMulgrave Road Theater (MRT) is a recognized cultural organization that engages its community, supports artistic and cultural collaborations and creates new theatrical works reflecting life in Atlantic Canada. When complete, the new RoadHouse facility will house a 2,500 square foot transformable creative and performance space with automatic retractable seating for 90-100 spectators. An additional 5,500 square feet will be dedicated to hosting a multi-purpose hall and meeting space, locker rooms, storage space, restrooms, workshop facilities, as well as a light and sound booth and indoor and outdoor community gathering spaces.

Adapted from the former Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation building, the RoadHouse Creativity Center is designed to meet the requirements of the Canada Green Building Council’s Zero Carbon Building Standard – Design Version 2. The new facility will include passive ventilation, a roof-mounted solar photovoltaic energy system, passive solar design, and efficient lighting and plumbing fixtures. It will be a cultural and creative hub where the people of Northeast Nova Scotia will come together to practice, explore and enjoy the performing and visual arts.

Fast facts

  • The government of Canada invest more $2.6 million in this project through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) program.
  • The Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program is an integral part of from Canada Reinforced Climate Plan, providing $1.5 billion over five years toward green and accessible renovations, repairs or upgrades to existing public community buildings and the construction of new publicly accessible community buildings that serve underserved and high-needs communities across Canada.
  • At least 10% of funding is allocated to projects serving First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, including Indigenous populations in urban centres.
  • Provincial/territorial governments, municipal or regional governments, public sector bodies, non-profit and Indigenous organizations interested in the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program are invited to apply on the Infrastructure site. Canada website.
  • Applicants with large renovation projects of existing community buildings or new community construction projects with total eligible costs ranging from $3 million at $25 million were accepted through a competitive admissions process that ended on July 6, 2021. A second admission is expected later in 2022, however, the date has yet to be determined. Details about the second promotion will be posted on the Infrastructure Canada – Green and Inclusive Community Buildings website as they become available.
  • Announced in December 2020, from Canada The Reinforced Climate Plan includes 64 new measures and $15 billion investment in a healthy environment and economy.
  • The funding announced today is supported by the Government of from Canada work under the Atlantic Growth Strategy to create well-paying middle class jobs, strengthen local economies and build inclusive communities.

Related links

Green and inclusive community buildings:
https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/gicb-bcvi/index-eng.html

Invest in Canada Plan the project map:
https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/gmap-gcarte/index-eng.html

Enhanced Climate Plan:
https://www.canada.ca/en/services/environment/weather/climate-change/climate-plan/climate-plan-overview.html

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For further information: Jean-Sébastien Comeau, Press Secretary and Communications Advisor, Office of the Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, 343-574-8116, [email protected]; Sherry McGee, Trustee, Mulgrave Road Theater Foundation, 902-533-2092, [email protected]; Media Relations, Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll Free: 1-877-250-7154, [email protected]

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