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New cultural fund welcomed, but Manitoba museums still need basic operational support: Executive Director

The executive director of the Manitoba Association of Museums said the new three-year $100 million grant for arts, culture and sports announced this week was timely and welcome. operation.

Prime Minister Heather Stefansson took to the football field at the Birkvale Community Center on Monday afternoon to officially launch the new Community Fund. The fund will offer him $34 million in the first three-year period to provide grants to the organization of large capital projects.

“We need to make sure we raise more funding and capital for these projects so that they can be viable for decades and generations, not just next year or the year after,” she said.

In addition to large capital projects, the fund will fund arts, cultural and sports organizations for local celebrations, small capital projects and other special initiatives, the state said earlier this week.

said Thomas McLeod, Executive Director of the Manitoba Association of Museums. The funding could prove particularly timely for museums working on large-scale capital projects like the Canadian Fossil Discovery Center in Morden, he said.

“this [provincial] MacLeod has done quite well with some types of funding, citing endowment funds worth $1.4 million each for seven Manitoba museums announced in 2020.

But the museum wants more programs to fund its operations, he said. This is something many struggle with, especially after his COVID-19 pandemic challenges.

“I am very grateful that the museum is open again and open to the public,” McLeod told the CBC after it was forced to close due to pandemic restrictions. weekend morning show Saturday guest host Bryce Hoi.

However, “sustainable operational finance in the heritage sector is really something that still needs to be addressed.”

Weekend Morning Show (Manitoba)8:16New State Funding for Manitoba Museums Welcome News

Manitoba Association of Museums Executive Director Thomas MacLeod joins guest host Bryce Hoy on the Weekend Morning Show to see Manitoba’s museums, galleries and other cultural centers continue to return to their former state. We discussed new funding announced this week by state governments to support the.-pandemic operational levels.

Funding is available through the state’s Community Museum Grants program, but some community museums get a small amount of money through it, he said.

“In a way, the small museum is very grateful for the support they got,” he said.

But “$3,000 isn’t necessarily that high given the reality of what it takes to heat a place or maintain a place,” he said.

He’s heard positive reports of increased visitor numbers to museums in Manitoba recently, but customer traffic has yet to return to pre-pandemic levels.

“I think it will take a little longer, just like the tourism industry.”

Community groups can apply for new funds

Last month, McLeod and Gordon Goldsborough, presidents of the Manitoba Historical Society, told CBC News that the government has increased funding to eight heritage agencies that serve the state for nearly two decades, including the agency. I said no.

Goldsborough said in an interview in June, “We are being asked to do the same or more, and at the same time we are getting less.

Both turned to Manitoba’s western neighbors for ways to better help archives, museums and heritage organizations thrive.

Proceeds from the Saskatchewan Lotteries (the state marketing organization for lotteries) support the state’s cultural and heritage initiatives, including museums, archaeology, archives, local heritage parks and associations.

These agencies in Saskatchewan get eight to 10 times more funding than agencies in Manitoba, McLeod said in June, adding that the state will set up funds for local heritage organizations. I hope to return to the idea that

Dancer held a press conference on Monday at which Prime Minister Heather Stephenson announced a new $100 million fund to support arts, culture and sports organizations in Manitoba. McLeod says many museums are struggling with operating costs and would like more programs to do so. (Ian Froese/CBC)

In Monday’s announcement of the new fund, Prime Minister Stefansson and Sports, Culture and Heritage Minister Andrew Smith said all community groups are eligible to apply for grants through the fund, with the first recruitment starting in August. I emphasized that

On a tour of the state, Stefansson said it was clear that many facilities were in dire need of repair.

“Rising costs are affecting all of Manitoba,” she said at a news conference Monday. “This fund will help the organization continue to provide affordable sports, cultural and heritage opportunities statewide.”

The deadline for applying to the fund is August 16th.