Lo­cal mu­se­ums get big fund­ing

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

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.

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Chloe Southam Di­rec­tor of Colby-Cur­tis Mu­seum

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