FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government is investing an additional $100,000 in the New Brunswick Arts Board to increase the funding to emerging artists.

This additional investment by the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture is designed to encourage emerging artists to explore and excel in various disciplines.

“The additional funding allocated to grant programs fits in with our ongoing efforts to support the economic competitiveness and the vitality of the arts and culture sector while showcasing the creativity of our artists,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister John Ames. “Through our partnership with the New Brunswick Arts Board, we are convinced that this year’s additional investment will facilitate the emergence of our New Brunswick artists a little more and thereby contribute to our province’s vitality and economic diversity.”

The New Brunswick Arts Board is an independent body whose mandate is to facilitate and promote the creation of art and to manage funding programs for professional artists on behalf of the provincial government. It also provides advice to the minister on cultural policies and assumes a leadership role in the arts field in New Brunswick.

“The board of directors, executive director, and staff of the New Brunswick Arts Board and I are very pleased to accept this additional funding from the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, and we are keen to see an increase in the number of talented artists who can participate in all our programs,” said Carol Collicutt, chair of the board. “With this generous addition to our 2018-19 budget, we will be able to provide more grants to help emerging artists with their infrastructure, equipment, and creation materials; and add to our Equinox Program for emerging indigenous artists. I thank the Government of New Brunswick for helping us reach our objective of allowing more emerging artists to develop their practice and make a strong contribution to the cultural fabric of New Brunswick.”

Emerging artists wishing to obtain more information or to submit a grant application can visit the artsnb website or call 506-444-4444 or 1-866-460-ARTS(2787).