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Montague receives federal funding to expand public art

The Guardian 

Jim Day jday@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on May 23, 2017

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Cardigan MP Lawrence MacAulay, centre, takes a short stroll with Montague area artists David Trimble and Lorraine Vatcher Tuesday after announcing $314,000 in federal funding for the Town of Montague to expand the Montague Centennial Art Trail.

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MONTAGUE, P.E.I. – Public art will continue to add to the appeal of Montague, the Beautiful.

Cardigan MP Lawrence MacAulay announced funding Tuesday to give the town an even greater brush with the artistic community.

MacAulay, minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced federal funding totaling $314,000 for the municipality to expand the Montague Centennial Art Trail.

The project will include 14 new commissioned art pieces, updated lighting, and interpretive signage for the artwork in both French and English.

MacAulay says he has marveled over the ambitious artistic path taken by the town in recent years.

“Through the arts, you have set out to engage visitors and residents, and promote the best of this community,’’ he says.

“Beginning with the Artisans on Main project, and then with the launch of the original Centennial Art Trail in 2014, you have called upon the talents of local creatives to spark community development.’’

He says investing in cultural tourism infrastructure provides many benefits to smaller communities.

“Just as we must embrace the natural resources that surround us, we must also foster the talents of our creative workers,’’ he says.

“When we do this, the outcome is undoubtedly an improved quality of life for all.’’

Montague area artists Lorraine Vatcher and David Trimble were on hand for Monday’s announcement.

Naturally, they both welcome support to bolster the artistic community.

Trimble, who will be collaborating on work fueled by the federal funding, notes artists welcome have their work displayed outdoors in public places for people to see and enjoy every day.

“Oh, it’s wonderful,’’ he says.

“It just adds a special beauty to the whole region and you never know what you will see.’’

Vatcher says public art is shaping Montague in a positive and attractive way.

“It just adds a special beauty to the whole region and you never know what you will see.’’

Vatcher says public art is shaping Montague in a positive and attractive way.

“It has made Montague,’’ she says.

“Montague always was pretty and it always had potential but it never seemed to have direction.’’