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February 20, 2009

Artistic Fraud Theatre Production Among Latest Projects
to Receive Provincial Government Arts Sector Support

Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, a theatre company based in St. John�s, has received $20,000 in Provincial Government support to offset costs associated with preparing to stage its newest production, entitled AfterImage.

The Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, said the theatre production is among the latest arts-related projects which have recently received a total of $78,745 through the department�s Cultural Economic Development Program (CEDP).

Based on a short story by award-winning Newfoundland and Labrador author Michael Crummey, AfterImage explores the theme of electricity and how it relates to family connectivity. It premieres at the Harbourfront Centre�s Enwave Theatre in Toronto from April 16-26.

"Our government recognizes the economic and social value of our cultural industries and continues to invest in our professional artists and their work," said Minister Jackman. "This latest round of project funding provided through the arts component of CEDP underscores our commitment to further develop and support the creative process, and to enable our artists to share their work with provincial, national and international audiences."

Recent CEDP funding approved for the arts sector is as follows:

  • $8,000 to the Labrador Creative Arts Festival to offset the cost of its 33rd annual festival, held in Happy Valley-Goose Bay this past fall;
  • $7,100 to the English Harbour Arts Association to assist with the production of marketing materials;
  • $6,800 to professional dancer Louise Moyes to enable her to perform at the FrancoF�te en Acadie in Moncton, N.B. this past fall, and at the Ten Days on the Island event in Tasmania in March, 2009;
  • $5,000 to Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Arts Gallery to offset costs associated with the production of promotional materials to accompany the international exhibition Shorelines;
  • $5,000 to artist Luben Boykov to design and build a marketing and promotions-based website to help generate new sales opportunities in national and international markets;
  • $5,000 to the March Hare literary and musical festival, which this year marks its 23rd anniversary. This year�s festival will be held in March with a total of 11 shows taking place in Corner Brook, Gander, St. John�s, and Toronto;
  • $4,968 to Neighbourhood Dance Works to assist with a production management mentorship during the production of Broken Accidents, a co-production of Neighbourhood Dance Works and the Resource Centre for the Arts;
  • $4,657 to film-maker Jordan Canning, to help develop a website designed to market her existing work, along with films currently in development;
  • $4,500 to cinematographer-photographer Ellie Yonova to help develop a website to promote and market her work;
  • $4,500 to Henge Production and Consulting Ltd., to assist in the development of a website focused on film and new media opportunities;
  • $2,920 to visual artist Peter Wilkins to assist with the development of marketing tools designed to increase revenues from the sale of his digital prints;
  • $2,700 to author Ed Riche for website development to promote his work; and,
  • $2,600 to Flora Planchett, which helped her take advantage of a professional development opportunity at the Live Design conference and trade show held in Las Vegas this past fall.
  • The 2008-09 Cultural Economic Development Program (CEDP) has provided about $1.2 million for operational and project support to the professional arts sector. For more information on the arts component of CEDP and application guidelines, visit:

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    Media contact:

    Heather May
    Director of Communications
    Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation
    709-729-0928, 697-5061

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