On Franco-Ontarian Day, Place des Arts du Grand Sudbury received a joint contribution of $20,000 from the Fondation pour la langue française and Unis TV. This donation to the Share Our Sense of Place capital fundraising campaign comes from the Fonds Langelier, an organization dedicated to the Canadian Francophonie.
“We were immediately attracted to the Place des Arts project because it is consistent in every respect with our objective of contributing to the development of Francophone communities in Canada. We wanted to support the creation of this strong, promising, unifying cultural institution, which will enrich the Francophone minority community,” explained Martin Gélinas, executive director of the Fondation pour la langue française.
“Place des Arts will foster and strengthen the building of bridges with the surrounding majority community as a space that is inclusive and open to everyone. This is in line with our mission to forge ties between communities across the country and to showcase the rich diversity of French-speaking communities such as Greater Sudbury,” said Mylène Racine, head of communications at TV5 Québec Canada.
The donation will be put toward the construction of Northern Ontario’s first multidisciplinary arts and culture centre. A portion of the donation will also be used for an artistic initiative to enliven and enhance the site perimeter later in the ongoing construction phase. Substantial completion is expected by the end of 2020, and the economic benefits of construction are estimated to be $18.7 million.
Place des Arts would like to thank its national partners for their joint contribution to the project and the development of the region’s Francophone and Francophile community. With this contribution, the total value of announced major donations to the Share Our Sense of Place fundraising campaign is now nearly $1.3 million, with more capital donation announcements to come.
Place des Arts is also supported by funding providers such as Canadian Heritage, FedNor, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the City of Greater Sudbury and the Ontario Arts Council.
About Place des Arts du Grand Sudbury
Place des Arts will provide Greater Sudbury with Northern Ontario’s first multidisciplinary arts and culture centre. The $30-million, 40,000 square-foot building will house its seven founding arts and culture organizations: the Carrefour francophone de Sudbury (1950), the Centre franco-ontarien de folklore (1960), Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario (1971), Éditions Prise de parole (1973), Concerts La Nuit sur l’étang (1973), Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario (1995) and the Salon du livre du Grand Sudbury (2004).
About Unis TV
Unis TV showcases the rich diversity of the Canadian Francophonie. With programs filmed and produced in every part of the country, the network offers entertaining general-interest programming. Unis TV is also a French-language creative hub, promoting the production of original content outside Montréal and Quebec and opening doors for up-and-coming French-language television talent across Canada. From coast to coast, Unis TV offers quality content and builds connections between Canada’s Francophones.
About the Fondation pour la langue française
As the only charitable organization entirely dedicated to the promotion of French in Quebec and Canada, the Fondation pour la langue française brings together those who care about our language and see the vitality of the French language as the main contributor to social cohesion and as an instrument of economic development and collective pride.
For more information
Acting Director of Development
La Place des Arts du Grand Sudbury
Head of communications
TV5 Québec Canada, Unis TV
514-522-5322 ext. 193
Lan Anh Vuong
Director, business development and operations
Fondation pour la langue française
514-667-5071 ext. 454