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Government of Canada Supports Commemoration of Canadian Artist and Writer Emily Carr
VICTORIA, August 20, 2010 - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport) and Member of Parliament (Saanich-Gulf Islands), today announced funding for a monument that will honour artist and writer Emily Carr.
This funding will enable the realization of the "Our Emily" project by the Parks and Recreation Foundation of Victoria.The Emily Carr monument, which will be erected in Victoria, will promote awareness and understanding of one of Canada's most significant artists and her accomplishments. The monument will consist of a bronze statue by sculptor Barbara Paterson and a bronze plaque in the form of a book on a plinth.
"I am thrilled that Emily Carr--who is a source of pride for everyone in our community--is being recognized for her exceptional contribution to our country's cultural history." said Minister of State Lunn. "Our Government is proud to support projects like this one, creating opportunities for Canadians to participate in national commemorations that build a sense of pride and belonging to Canada."
"Although Emily was a Victorian, her art and books are treasured by Canadians from coast to coast," said Ann Geddes, President of the Foundation. "Ministers James Moore and Gary Lunn's support for the monument dedicated to Emily Carr ensures that the Government of Canada is recognized on the bronze plaque by the monument. The Foundation is grateful for the approval of our contribution request."
Emily Carr, a nationally recognized artist and writer whose legacy continues to inspire Canadians, is known for her work depicting the culture and daily life of Canada's First Nations. She has become known to international audiences through exhibitions of her art outside Canada, and her writing has been translated into other languages. Her art is included in exhibitions that celebrate and examine the work of early North American modernists. Within Canada, her work is often associated with the artistic output and legacy of the Group of Seven.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $40,000 through the Commemorate Canada component of the Department of Canadian Heritage's Celebration and Commemoration Program. This component provides financial support to initiatives of national significance that commemorate various aspects of the history of Canada.
For more information on Emily Carr, see the attached backgrounder.
For more information (media only), please contact:
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages