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March 14, 2014 – Medicine Hat, Alberta – Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada is providing multi-year funding of $12,500 through the Museums Assistance Program to support the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre’s Ice Age Mammals exhibit.

LaVar Payne, Member of Parliament (Medicine Hat), announced this investment today on behalf of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Minister Shelly Glover. The funding is for two fiscal years: $6,250 in 2013–2014 and $6,250 in 2014–2015.

Circulated by the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, the exhibition explores the last ice age, extinction and human impact on climate change.

Quick Facts

  • Ice Age Mammals opened February 17 and continues until June 14, 2014.
  • The Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre opened its doors in celebration of Alberta’s centennial in 2005. Since then, it has welcomed artists and audiences from around the region and around the globe.
  • The Centre is located on traditional Blackfoot territory, just steps from the South Saskatchewan River, and occupies an eminent position on downtown’s First Street South.
  • The Esplanade is home to an art gallery, museum, studio theatre, education suite, and 700-seat main stage theatre.


“Our museums play an important role in educating Canadians and promoting our shared history. The Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre is doing a splendid job interpreting our collective identity through innovative and dynamic exhibitions like Ice Age Mammals.”
—Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

“The Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre is an important cultural hub for Southern Alberta. I’m thrilled to see the Centre receive federal support for this exhibit and I am looking forward to exploring it!”
—LaVar Payne, Member of Parliament (Medicine Hat)

“We greatly appreciate the contribution of the Department of Canadian Heritage to the Ice Age Mammals exhibition. The exhibit has already struck a chord of interest with families in our community. During the first week alone we had more than 2,000 visitors, which is a significant number from a community of around 62,000.”
— Robert Bruce Shepard, Museum Curator, Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre

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