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Minister Crocker Announces 2024 Year of the Arts Initiatives

Press Release

March 27, 2024

This morning, during an event at the Newfoundland and Labrador Craft Council, the Honourable Steve Crocker, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation, announced additional funding for Year of the Arts initiatives in 2024.

As part of Budget 2024, the Provincial Government is committing $2 million to establish a new Arts Infrastructure and Programming Fund. This fund will provide support for improvements to existing arts infrastructure. Funding will also be available to support community arts groups to develop and enhance community arts programming.

It is also making up to $3 million available for expressions of interest for a new Creative Projects Fund. This funding will be administered through Celebrate NL and will be available to not-for-profit and for-profit professional arts organizations that have the creation and/or presentation of works of art as their primary activity.

Funding was also announced for a number of special Year of the Arts projects planned by the City of St. John’s, Music NL, the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, Business and Arts NL, the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society, among others. A full list of the investments announced can be found in the backgrounder below.

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“Our province’s culture is rooted in the arts and these investments are an acknowledgement of the arts’ impact on our province and communities, a celebration of their impact during the Year of the Arts. With the funding announced today, we’re supporting professional and non-professional arts activities, ensuring no stone is left unturned in our support.”
Honourable Steve Crocker
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation

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