MONTRÉAL, Jan. 22, 2019 – Cultural infrastructure provides work and presentation spaces for Canadian artists, in addition to making arts and culture more accessible to the public. Supporting upgrades to these creative spaces is important to the Government of Canada.
Marc Miller, Member of Parliament (Ville-Marie–Le Sud-Ouest–Île-des-Soeurs) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, today announced $600,000 in funding for Productions Réalisations Indépendantes de Montréal (PRIM). Mr. Miller made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism.
This support, provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, will allow the organization to revamp its facilities to improve and increase its services to media artists.
“Thanks to PRIM’s renovation project, many media artists will have modern workspaces to do what they love. The Government of Canada knows that access to quality cultural spaces is an essential part of the creative process. We are pleased to support PRIM in this important project.”
—The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism
“The City of Montréal is known worldwide for its talented media artists. This reputation is thanks in no small part to organizations like PRIM that provide artists with unparalleled guidance and facilities to do their work. I am thrilled that the Government of Canada is supporting this project, which will help establish a highly creative and innovative work environment.”
—Marc Miller, Member of Parliament (Ville-Marie–Le Sud-Ouest–Île-des-Soeurs) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
“We are very pleased and proud to be able to carry out this project that is essential to help us adapt to the new methods and approaches of our independent artists, improve our support services, and establish an infrastructure that measures up to their talents and standards.”
—Khoa Lê, President of the Board of Directors, PRIM
Founded in 1981, PRIM is a non-profit organization with a dual mandate: to support the production of contemporary media works and to actively participate in the training and professionalism of independent media artists.
By offering programs that support creation and offer access to state-of-the-art facilities, PRIM contributes to the annual production of about 100 media art works, which involves the work of 250 artists.
The project involves renovating and upgrading rooms in the PRIM building located at 2180 Fullum Street in Montréal. There are plans to expand the building from the inside and to add several rooms, such as a sound lab, a video art studio, a room for professional training, and a collaborative workspace.
Specialized creation and production equipment will be installed in the new spaces. All of these upgrades will allow PRIM to make the best use of their spaces.
The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund supports the improvement of physical conditions for arts, heritage, culture and creative innovation. The fund supports renovation and construction projects, the acquisition of specialized equipment and feasibility studies related to cultural spaces.