News Release Article from  Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Federal and Provincial Governments Support NB International Sculpture Symposium Inc.

Sculpture Saint John will enhance tourism activities and economic growth in rural communities

March 2, 2016 – Saint John, NB – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

The New Brunswick International Sculpture Symposium Inc. (NBISS) celebrated the official launch of several key marketing pieces today, including a promotional video, an updated website and a new mobile application, thanks to support by both the federal and provincial governments.

Sculpture Saint John will take place August 4 – September 17, 2016, and is a biennial international sculpture symposium that provides eight local, regional and international sculptors six weeks to create monumental pieces of public art from New Brunswick granite.  The sculptures will be permanently installed in partner communities across the region, the majority of which are rural.  The new mobile application will feature these communities and serve as a guide for tourists as they follow the trail of sculptures located throughout Maine and New Brunswick.

Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA); and the Honourable Bill Fraser, Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, Province of New Brunswick joined NBISS officials to make the announcement today.

The Government of Canada, through ACOA, has contributed $75,700 to the project under the Innovative Communities Fund (ICF), while the Province of New Brunswick provided $20,000.

Quick Facts: 

  • The New Brunswick International Sculpture Symposium Inc. (NBISS) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, charitable organization that provides overall management and guidance to the international sculpture symposium called Sculpture Saint John. 
  • Sculpture Saint John will feature eight international, national and/or regional artists to participate in a six-week stone sculpture symposium on the Saint John Waterfront resulting in the creation of eight large granite sculptures, which will then be permanently installed in public spaces in southwest New Brunswick.
  • Sculpture Saint John has plans for five biennial events that will result in a Canadian sculpture trail of over thirty-five large scale sculptures by 2020.  The two trails through Maine and New Brunswick make up a unique international contemporary art exhibition of large-scale granite works by world-renowned sculptors.

Quotes:

“The Government of Canada is focused on change and delivering real results for Canadians, and we know that building a strong country begins in our local communities. Sculpture Saint John is a unique project that will enhance tourism in numerous rural communities bringing growth and far-reaching benefits to the entire region.”

- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

“The Government of Canada’s support to the New Brunswick International Sculpture Symposium will complement current tourism offerings in communities, while increasing economic opportunities throughout the region.  This investment will help strengthen the local tourism infrastructure which ultimately will attract more visitors, promote longer stays, and increase tourist generated revenue in the region.”

- Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John

“Sculpture Saint John draws over 30,000 visitors to our region to observe the artists at work. This is a significant economic generator not only for Saint John, but for the province of New Brunswick as well. The government of New Brunswick is proud to provide funding to go towards research, photography and website development for this important initiative.”

- The Honourable Bill Fraser, Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture

“We are thrilled that as a result of the collaboration and cooperation between ACOA and the Province of New Brunswick we have been given the funding necessary to realize another successful Sculpture Saint John project, including several key marketing pieces such as the International Sculpture Trail mobile app.  Through the app, users will move beyond the brochure, by downloading images, information, maps and directions, allowing them to tour the 48 pieces of public art stretching between Maine and New Brunswick. The end result will be more people being exposed to public art and the community partners who have generously supported it.”

-       Diana Alexander, Executive Director, Sculpture Saint John

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Contacts:

Ann Kenney
Senior Communications Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
506-452-3687

Jason Hoyt
Communications
Tourism, Culture & Heritage, Province of New Brunswick
506-444-5185

Diana Alexander
New Brunswick International Sculpture Symposium
Sculpture Saint John
Executive Director
506-647-8773


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