News: Theatre Alberta Executive Director speaks at the announcement for the new Premier’s Council on Culture

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News: Theatre Alberta Executive Director speaks at the announcement for the new Premier’s Council on Culture

Keri Mitchell speaks at the 2013 Premier’s Council on Culture Announcement

Keri Mitchell speaks at the 2013 Premier’s Council on Culture Announcement

In support of Premier Alison Redford’s vision to create a long-term culture plan for Alberta and reflect the province’s diverse cultural landscape, the Premier’s Council on Arts and Culture will be refocused as the Premier’s Council on Culture, with a renewed mandate and membership.

Theatre Alberta Executive Director Keri Mitchell was at the announcement on January 9th, and spoke about the importance of Alberta’s Culture sector. “I am inspired by my colleagues, and my fellow Albertans, daily,” said Keri Mitchell. “It is the responsibility of the cultural sector to ensure this inspiration is felt deeply across the province, by supporting each other and participating fully in our communities.”

Culture-related industries are responsible for approximately three per cent of Alberta’s GDP and 78,900 jobs. In addition, all cultural sectors depend on the work of Alberta’s 105,000 volunteers, whose efforts are estimated to contribute $9.6 billion to our economy.

Minister of Culture Heather Klimchuk launched a recruitment process for up to 20 new council members who will represent the many sectors responsible for cultural activities and experiences – the arts, heritage, multicultural and nonprofit/voluntary organizations, as well as creative and cultural industries, youth and corporate partners.

Recruitment for council positions begins immediately. Applications will be accepted until February 28, and the new Premier’s Council on Culture will be announced in spring 2013. Click here for the Government of Alberta News Release and information on how to apply.

Click here to listen to the news conference (Keri’s speech is near the end).

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