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St. Paul and District Arts Foundation secures grant for new art gallery

The St. Paul and District Arts Foundation is celebrating after being awarded $38,692 from the Alberta government to enhance its facilities.  


This grant, facilitated through the Minister of Arts, Culture, and Status of Women, comes as a boost to the foundation’s efforts to upgrade its infrastructure and expands its artistic offerings. The funding was allocated through the Community Facility Enhancement Program.  


Valerie Pratch, a board member of the foundation expressed immense gratitude for the support, stating, “To be acknowledged for the work that were doing in the community and in the area… it makes our membership and the people involved really happy.”  


The provincial government grant served as a matching contribution to the funds received by the foundation form the United Way. This financial injection will primarily be directed towards the development of an art gallery, a project that the foundation has been diligently working on. With an estimated total cost of approximately $1000,000, the gallery will occupy dedicated space within the foundation’s premises.  

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Following nearly a year of planning, construction of the art gallery commenced in January 2024. Expected enhancements to the building, situated on Main Street, include revamped walls and flooring, and the integration of state-of-the-art technology such as projectors and audio-visual equipment.  


Pratch emphasized the evolving nature of art galleries, noting that they now encompass a digital dimension. Artists increasingly utilize various mediums, including film and digital artwork, to convey their creative vision. The new gallery aims to accommodate these diverse forms of expression, making it an attractive destination for local and national artists alike. 


Bonnyville-Cold Lake-St. Paul MLA Scott Cyr congratulated the foundation for its successful grant application, commending its efforts to advance education and foster artistic talent within the community.  


“By providing opportunities for students and artists to exhibit and present their skills, you are nurturing a vibrant cultural ecosystem that enriches our community,” stated Cyr in a letter addressed to the foundation.  


With construction underway, the completion of the art gallery is expected later this year, promising to enhance St. Paul’s cultural landscape further and establish it as a hub for artistic expression and appreciation.  

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