News Release - May 19, 1999
PRINCE ALBERT VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE RECEIVES $2.3 MILLION FROM THE ASSOCIATED ENTITIES FUND
Energy and Mines Minister Eldon Lautermilch, on behalf of Municipal
Affairs, Culture and Housing Minister Carol Teichrob, announced today
that $2.3 million has been set aside from the unallocated balance of
the Associated Entities Fund for the Prince Albert Visual and
Performing Arts Centre.
"Construction for the arts centre will be a sizable boost for the
local economy," Lautermilch said. "It is also expected to encourage
new partnerships and maximize industry potential, by linking and
expanding cultural development and tourism in the city and area as
well as provide eight permanent jobs in Prince Albert for the ongoing
operation of the centre."
The visual and performing arts centre is the first phase of the city's
downtown area redevelopment plan with an estimated cost of
$9.8 million more than $3 million has already been committed from
community groups, local businesses and other sources.
"Providing funding for capital projects such as the Prince Albert
Visual and Performing Arts Centre from the unallocated balance of the
Associated Entities Fund demonstrates the government's interest in
developing strong, safe and self reliant communities and will
facilitate local economic development and employment," Lautermilch
The Associated Entities Fund was established by the Saskatchewan
Gaming Corporation Act to distribute a portion of casino profits
for the benefit of Saskatchewan people. The AEF distributes
grants to exhibition associations, M‚tis organizations, and local
community groups that provide programs and services for
vulnerable children, youth and families.
"The visual and performing arts centre will provide ongoing
benefits to children, youth and families within the Prince Albert
community and demonstrates, in a tangible way, the use of casino
profits to yield ongoing social benefits through expanded culture
and recreation opportunities," Lautermilch said.
The $2.3 million announced today will be available once the
Prince Albert Visual and Performing Arts Centre has satisfied all
of the criteria established for the grant.
The Associated Entities Fund receives a portion of the profits
from Casino Regina, the Gold Eagle Casino in North Battleford,
the Northern Lights Casino in Prince Albert and the Painted Hand
Casino in Yorkton.
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For more information, contact:
Maureen Boyle, Communications
Saskatchewan Municipal Affairs, Culture and Housing
Phone: (306) 787-5959