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Public arts funders heading out across Newfoundland and Labrador this month

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The 2018 Public Arts Funders Road Tour will hit eight locations in the province between Nov. 19-25. - Contributed

MARYSTOWN, N.L.

Wading through all the different arts and heritage grant funding available to individuals, groups and organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador can be a challenge.

To help out, the organizations and government agencies that provide funding are going to the people.

They’re hitting the road this month for what is being called the 2018 Public Arts Funders Road Tour.

Taking part are ArtsNL, MusicNL, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corp., the Department of Canadian Heritage, and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation. The City of St. John’s will also be involved in a session in the province’s capital on Nov. 25.

Ken Murphy, program manager for ArtsNL, says the idea for the tour came up during a regular meeting of program officers and managers for the provincial arts organizations.

It was then brought up at a “tri-level” meeting that includes the various government representatives, as well.

“There it was decided that, yes, we should go forward with doing this, and really because we haven’t done it in a while, and the feedback we were getting from clients was that they didn’t understand who to go to for what,” Murphy said.

For anyone who has questions about arts and heritage funding, the sessions will be a good opportunity to find out all you need to know.

The tour kicks off on Nov. 19 in Marystown with sessions following in Trinity (Nov. 20), Bonavista (Nov. 20), Gander (Nov. 21), Corner Brook (Nov. 22), Stephenville (Nov. 23) and Happy Valley-Goose Bay (Nov. 24) before the finale in St. John’s.

paul.herridge@southerngazette.ca

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