BOUCTOUCHE (GNB) – The provincial government is investing in an infrastructure project, renovations to the Kent-South Cultural Centre.

“This center is an important cultural facility in New Brunswick,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister  Claude Williams. “Arts and culture are essential to the well-being of the community. The cultural centre is a pillar that supports the growth and promotion of our local artists and it contributes significantly to the economy of our region.”

Williams announced the investment of $97,000 on behalf of Natural Resources Minister Paul Robichaud, who is also minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation.

“This investment will allow the centre to serve as a hub for all cultural and artistic endeavours from youth programs to cooking classes,” said Denny Richard, president of the Kent-South Cultural Society. “The renovation and refurbishment of our cultural centre will enable us to meet a growing demand from young artists and will provide an exceptional space for the presentation of local and outside artistic creations.”

The $194,000 project involves the construction of an outdoor terrace and artists' alley, and many interior renovations including a professional kitchen facility and a multi-functioning studio upstairs for dance, yoga and concerts. The gallery will also be retro-fitted with new lighting.

The centre, at 5 Irving Blvd. in Bouctouche, promotes arts, culture and education. The building that houses the centre was constructed in the 1950s as a courthouse. In 2010, the Town of Bouctouche dedicated it for use as a cultural centre.