MP David Anderson Announces Funding for The Swift Current Lyric Theatre

lyrictheatre-bodyDavid Anderson, MP for Cypress Hills-Grasslands presents Gwen Uher, (President of the Southwest Cultural Development Group) with a cheque for $500,000, while James Youck of P3A Architecture looks on. The money is to help with the group’s Living Legacy 2011-2014 project which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Lyric Theatre. It is one of the oldest remaining theatres in Saskatchewan. Improvements will include renovations to the exterior and lobby of the theatre to better resemble the theatre’s original state.

Swift Current, SK – On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage, David Anderson Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills Grasslands, today announced funding for the historical Swift Current Lyric Theatre.

The Southwest Cultural Development Group has received funding of $500,000 to help with their Living Legacy 2011-2014 project. The project commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Lyric Theatre. It is one of the oldest remaining theatres in Saskatchewan. Improvements will include renovations to the exterior and lobby of the theatre to better resemble the theatre’s original state. Improvements will also be seen to the interior, with air conditioning and upgrades to the electrical systems.

“The Lyric Theatre is the cornerstone of Swift Current’s downtown heritage. The preservation and revitalization of the 100 year old landmark has been met with a tremendous amount of support from the community,” said Anderson. “The benefits of this funding will also be felt in the business community as many local businesses will be contracted for this project.”

The funding was delivered through the Legacy Fund Component of the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program. The Government is taking steps to boost tourism and create jobs and growth through investments in local arts and heritage. This Government’s Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program brings neighbours and visitors alike together to take part in activities that showcase culture, history, and celebrate our Canadian identity.

“Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in organizations that support local artists, like the Southwest Cultural Development Group,” said Minister Moore. “By supporting this organization, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and support our arts, culture, and heritage.”