MONCTON (GNB) – The provincial government is providing $50,000 for site improvements to the Artisan Village in Moncton, Culture, Tourism and Healthy Living Minister Trevor Holder announced today.  

“We are pleased to support this business as we make strategic investments to strengthen New Brunswick together,” said Holder. “I believe strongly in the value of our many cultural and artistic businesses and associations. The Artisan Village adds to the downtown Moncton experience and also provides a great service to visitors and residents. These types of businesses add to our quality of life and provide a way for our artisans to showcase their work.”

The Artisan Village is located in the downtown directly across from Tidal Bore Park. The site is 720 sq. metres (8,000 sq. feet) of open concept artist and artisan studios and offers opportunities for the public to interact with the artists while they are creating in a variety of mediums including stone cutting and carving, Silversmith and jewelry making, sculpting, pottery, woodworking, coppersmithing, blacksmithing, metal art, painting, glass fusing and glass mosaic. Guests may observe the artisans at work or be actively involved by creating their own piece of art through participation in the daily hands-on programs at the Fun with Art Kiosk or at scheduled classes and seminars. An on-site art gallery and boutique offers handmade, unique, local artistic products.  

Organizers are working to create a year-round cultural destination with a café, art and culture stage and several events throughout the year.

“I am very pleased to have such overwhelming support from government,” said Shane Myers, president of Artisan Village. “It shows that there is a conscious effort to support the arts, tourism and culture for the residents of our region. Without support for projects like ours, it would not be possible to create the fantastic vision I have for this project. This will be one of the most unique artistic facilities in Atlantic Canada.”