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Feds announce $6.5 million in funding to Ottawa Art Gallery and Arts Court

Heritage Minister Melanie Joly announces funding to expand Ottawa Art Gallery and Arts Court redevelopment. Jason White

OTTAWA – The federal government has announced funding to expand of the Ottawa Art Gallery and Arts Court development.

The government is providing $6.5 million in funding — $5.25 million for Arts Court redevelopment and $1.5m for specialized equipment for the art gallery.

“Arts Court is a great example of an institution that allows the arts to grow in our communities by creating a home for local talent,” said Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly at a news conference on Friday.

“A vibrant and thriving arts and culture scene stimulates our city’s economic growth, and makes Ottawa an attractive destination for tourism, business and talented professionals,” said Mayor Jim Watson.

Ottawa Arts Court is located in the historic 1870 Carleton County Courthouse. The new Ottawa Art Gallery will expand to 31,000 square feet from its current 10,000, and will include several galleries and a new screening room.

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