Local museums get big funding
Both the Colby-Curtis Museum and the Beaulne Museum, of Coaticook, will be receiving major grants from the Quebec government, as announced on Monday by the Minister of culture and communications, Luc Fortin. The Quebec government will award a total of $3.2 million between now and 2019 to six historical institutions in the Estrie region.
The Colby-Curtis Museum has been attributed $432,689; the Beaulne Museum $381,998; the Musee des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke, $626,017; the Societe d’histoire de Sherbrooke, $309,855.
“We just learnt this morning about the announcement. We had received our usual funding earlier and knew we would be getting a second envelope, but we didn’t know what would be in it,” said the Director and Curator of the Colby-Curtis Museum, Chloe Southam. The financial support is to help pay for the day-to-day functioning of the museum as well as for special activities, but not for construction projects. “All museums are facing financial issues and need to be proactive to find funds and generate revenues. This is important for the sustainability of the establishments. We’re very grateful and I hope the new funding will inspire us to find new ideas and activities. We’re not alone in this, several other museums are getting this funding, so it’s great news for the entire region,” concluded the Colby-Curtis’ Director.
“The museum institutions of the Estrie region are dynamic, performing and wellstructured. They offer diverse collections and themes that make the link between regional history and the history of the world. These additional investments contribute to their development, but also to the improvement of the cultural and touristic offering of the region,” commented Minister Fortin.
“I am happy with this announcement that will profit the Colby-Curtis Museum which is a true landmark in the Stanstead community. This institution is home to a rich collection of artefacts and archives representing the history of the entire region. This site, dedicated to learning and the transmission of knowledge, reinforces the feeling of belonging at the heart of the community,” commented Orford MNA Pierre Reid.
“The increase of funding for the Musee Beaulne, which is in my riding, will help to maintain this important institution in its role of economic engine, as a tourist attraction and source of dynamism for the community,” said the MNA of Saint-Francois, Guy Hardy.
Chloe Southam Director of Colby-Curtis Museum