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Arts Training in Alberta Receives Funding

BANFF, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Feb 26, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Banff Centre is receiving $3,900,000 in funding through the Canada Arts Training Fund (CATF). This contribution will enable The Banff Centre to provide arts training of the highest calibre to our future cultural leaders.

Blake Richards, Member of Parliament (Wild Rose), made this announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

  • The Banff Centre, founded in 1933, provides more than $3 million in scholarships and financial assistance every year and offers training for pre-professionals and professionals in performing, literary, new media and visual arts.
  • This funding will support The Banff Centre over two years: $1,950,000 for 2015-2016 and $1,950,000 for 2016-2017.
  • The Canada Arts Training Fund supports more than 35 training institutions that prepare Canadian artists for professional national and international artistic careers.
  • The CATF awarded a total of $22,750,000 in funding in 2014-2015.


"Our Government recognizes that arts and cultural organizations strengthen our communities, enrich the quality of life of Canadians and contribute to our economy. The Banff Centre, a world-renowned facility that has been operating for more than 80 years, is a great example of this positive influence."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"Arts training institutions are essential to the prosperity of our arts and cultural scene. We are proud to contribute to the success of The Banff Centre and to the future careers of our talented artists."

-Blake Richards, Member of Parliament (Wild Rose)

"Without the critical support of the Canada Arts Training Fund, The Banff Centre would not be able to offer our world-class training programs for artists and practitioners across disciplines. We take pride in seeing these artists attain successful careers in the cultural sector after spending time honing their skills at The Banff Centre."

-Carolyn Warren, Vice President of Arts Programs at The Banff Centre

Associated Links

Canada Arts Training Fund

The Banff Centre

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