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June 18, 2014
For immediate release
Upgrades and improvements at The Guild will better serve patrons and performers
Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development
Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (ACOA), and PEI Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development Minister Ron MacKinley today announced federal and provincial funding for ARS LONGA Inc., the operating body of the arts and cultural centre known as The Guild.
The Guild is located in the heart of Charlottetown on the corner of Richmond and Queen Streets. The facility accommodates both established and budding artists with its 150 seat theatre, a 630 square foot gallery, administrative offices and additional offices for rent by the local arts community.
• The Government of Canada, through ACOA’s Business Development Program, contributed $71,201 to ARS LONGA Inc. for the recently completed theatre upgrades.
• The Provincial Government, through the Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development has invested $12,400 in this project.
• ARS LONGA Inc. is a non-profit organization guided by a Board of Directors; The Guild, is managed daily by an Executive Director.
• Work carried out at the facility included theatre and dressing room improvements, lighting and projection upgrades, box office and concession space renovations, and network and website advances.
“Our Government is committed to supporting initiatives that enhance community infrastructure, help build strong, vibrant communities and contribute to local economic growth. For the past ten years, The Guild has been providing members of the cultural and arts community with access to a creative space in which to hone their talents. This project will enable The Guild to continue to contribute to the economic development of Prince Edward Island.”
- The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)
“Prince Edward Island continues to be known for our cultural heritage and the variety of high quality cultural opportunities available for both Islanders and tourists to enjoy. The Province of Prince Edward Island, through the Island Community Fund, is pleased to support projects that enhance our communities, support local venues and engage audiences.”
- The Honourable Ron MacKinley, PEI Minister Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development
“Thanks to the support from our funding partners, The Guild has been able to ensure that the venue thrives as a unique and vibrant community cultural destination."
- Ms. Alanna Jankov, Executive Director, The Guild