The following information is excerpted from a press release issued by Arts Umbrella.
On March 23, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced a historic $7 million in funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund in support of Arts Umbrella. The funding will support the reconstruction of Arts Umbrella’s new home on Granville Island at 1400 Johnston Street. The Honourable Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture announced an additional contribution of $1.4 million, which will provide operational sustainability in the years to come.
“Our government believes that all children, regardless of age or circumstance, deserve access to artistic and cultural learning activities in their community,” said Minister Joly. “As stewards of a future generation of artists, Arts Umbrella sparks creativity in all who walk through its doors. We are proud to support the next phase of Arts Umbrella’s growth as it moves to its new space, so that it can continue to inspire students for years to come.”
Arts Umbrella also officially launched a private sector capital campaign to raise an additional $20 million. The campaign has already raised more than $10 million, including a $1.5 million donation from the Richardson Family Foundation, as well as several $1 million gifts.
“Arts Umbrella is constantly pushing boundaries,” says Paul Larocque, President & CEO of Arts Umbrella. “This new building will allow us to keep this forward momentum and provide young people with limitless opportunities."