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July 19, 2007

Federal Funding Allows Craft Council to Showcase Saskatchewan Internationally

SASKATOON – Carol Skelton, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar, today announced $15,000 in federal funding for the Saskatchewan Craft Council.  The Saskatchewan Craft Council will use the funding to participate in the annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, from November 8 to 11, 2007. 

“Culture is an integral part of our Government’s trade agenda, and we are dedicated to helping arts and cultural entrepreneurs succeed at home and abroad,” said Minister Skelton. “Our federal government is pleased to assist the Saskatchewan Craft Council by helping promote exports of Canadian cultural products at the prestigious Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.”

The Government of Canada is dedicated to helping our cultural industries succeed at the international level.  The Saskatchewan Craft Council is an excellent example of an organization that helps craftspeople flourish in a creative environment and promotes excellence in their discipline.  The Saskatchewan Craft Council will be represented at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show by three dedicated Canadian artists who will promote Saskatchewan’s high-end craft industry.  The funding is being made available through the Trade Routes program which provides financial assistance to Canadian artists to take full advantage of international opportunities in their fields.

“Canada has a rich and diverse cultural landscape with amazing talent, young and old.  It is a great pleasure for our government to help show the world our cultural heritage, whether it be through our crafts, musicians or visual artists.  I have all the confidence in the world that our talented artists will continue to excel, both domestically and internationally,” Minister Skelton said.

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