Windsor, Ont. –
The federal and provincial governments are investing more than $ 2.9 million in a project that will see a historic downtown church transformed into a media arts center.
On Thursday, it was announced that the Government of Canada is contributing $ 1.1 million under the Community, Cultural and Recreational Infrastructure (CCRIS) component of the Investing in Canada plan, while the province is contributing more than $ 980,000 and the Windsor Center for Film, Digital Media and the Creative Arts will contribute more than $ 790,000.
“Investing in community, cultural and recreational infrastructure is essential to create inclusive communities where Canadians want to live, work and raise their families,” said Windsor-Tecumseh MP Irek Kusmierczyk. “The new Center for Film, Digital Media and Creative Arts announced today will contribute to the culture and diversity of the City of Windsor while providing more educational and recreational opportunities for residents.
Chatham-Kent-Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls said that while science advances technology, art advances the creative mind and “we need these experiences to truly appreciate life to the fullest.”
“This funding opportunity will allow residents of Windsor and those of surrounding areas to experience the creativity of local artists, enabling the community to appreciate and push the boundaries of art,” he says.
The Windsor Center for Film, Digital Media and the Creative Arts will renovate a downtown church to provide space for community arts programming to residents of all ages of Windsor-Essex, Chatham-Kent and Sarnia Lambton.
“The Community Media Arts Center will cater to people of all ages, stages and abilities, will provide opportunities for film and art workshops, continuing education, networking, cooperation, professional training, creation of music and film content and production. We also look forward to working with the philanthropic community as we launch our fundraising effort: WE GROW TALENT, a construction, equipment and scholarship campaign, ”said Amanda Gellman, President of the Windsor Center for Film, Digital Media and the Creative Arts.
Gellman says the Media Arts Community Center has been up and running for several years, starting as a children’s camp with the idea of expanding programming to include adults and keep local talent locally.