The Guild received $83,000 in government funding

Jocelyne Lloyd
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Money used for renovations, lighting and projection upgrades and improving website

Alanna Jankov, executive director at The Guild, is shown in this Guardian file photo.

The Guild used federal and provincial grants to the tune of $83,000 to carry out work on everything from its concession area and dressing rooms to lighting, projection and its website.

The governments announced the funding today for work that has already been carried out at the Charlottetown theatre.

The Government of Canada, through ACOA’s Business Development Program, contributed $71,201 to Ars Longa Inc., the operating body of The Guild.

"For the past 10 years, The Guild has been providing members of the cultural and arts community with access to a creative space in which to hone their talents," said Egmont MP Gail Shea in a news release. "This project will enable The Guild to continue to contribute to the economic development of Prince Edward Island.”

The provincial government, through the Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development, has invested $12,400 in this project. 

“Prince Edward Island continues to be known for our cultural heritage and the variety of high quality cultural opportunities available for both Islanders and tourists to enjoy," said Rural Development Minister Ron MacKinley.

“Thanks to the support from our funding partners, The Guild has been able to ensure that the venue thrives as a unique and vibrant community cultural destination," said Alanna Jankov, executive director of The Guild, in a news release.

Work carried out at the facility included theatre and dressing room improvements, lighting and projection upgrades, box office and concession space renovations and network and website advances.

Ars Longa Inc. is a non-profit organization guided by a board of directors and the day-to-day operations at The Guild are managed daily by the executive director.

The 2014 season of The Guild's flagship musical, Anne and Gilbert, began production this week and continues until October. The theatre is also presenting The Tall Hat Chronicles this summer, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference. 

Organizations: The Guild, Ars Longa, Charlottetown theatre Department of Fisheries Rural Development Islanders

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Canada

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  • Art
    June 19, 2014 - 09:59

    Theres graffiti in every corner that enough art and its free

  • SLIPPY
    June 18, 2014 - 18:46

    The biggest issue is that all of our "art" and what is worthy of spending money on, is determined by the same group of people who can't make a living without having their hand out. The arts are very important, but to just keep throwing public money at people just so we can say we have an arts community seems a bit crazy

  • sense
    June 18, 2014 - 18:17

    Oh wow im all excited especially with all the homeless on the street and soup kitchen round the corner . This place is getting worse . And nothing to help poor .

  • Monica
    June 18, 2014 - 18:11

    Has anyone asked what Confederation Centre has done with their 2014 money? Everything is the same programming as last year after those grants from 2014?

  • Stan Hope
    June 18, 2014 - 15:07

    YEAH DAMN TOOTIN' my opinion & the rest !!! Who needs the art 's anyway's. I mean ask any health provider or teacher.They'll tell you that music , laughter , dance & companionship are all just a total crock of poop & it doesn't even give our youth a outlet to express them selves in a positive way rather than roaming the streets unsupervised ... YEAH, boy am I mad at this friggin' government & that friggin' bridge , we didn't need that !

  • my opinion
    June 18, 2014 - 11:47

    this little island needs much more than the guild offers. what about people needing heat and food? quit wasting our tax money on this shit. sort your priorities people and support what matters.

  • frustrated
    June 18, 2014 - 10:35

    I'd rather have a family doctor than upgrades to the Guild.... or hire back two teachers.

    • one year idea
      June 18, 2014 - 11:52

      Who would pay for you doctor next year? These improvements will serve the community for many years. More quality venue options means less getting bilked by the big taxpayer vacuum across the street.

    • @ one year idea
      June 18, 2014 - 15:04

      Undoubtedly the govt will have funds for next year that they will earmark to waste on equally stupid initiatives, that they could redirect to fund doctors, teachers, etc... this kind of wasteful spending is very irritating in a Province where it really needs to be directed more wisely.

    • @ one year idea
      June 18, 2014 - 15:10

      You must be one of the rare, lucky Islanders who has a family doc... I am on the wait list for a doctor, along with approx. 9,500 others... they can use the $83,000 for my doctor this year, and I don't care where they get the funds next year, but their budget won't be reduced because the made better use of the $$$

  • don
    June 18, 2014 - 09:31

    anyone got a shovel? how can ronnie say the money will help all of PEI when the place is located in ch'town? again everything MUST BE IN CH'TOWN.

    • Bob MacDonald
      June 18, 2014 - 10:07

      I have gone to shows that featured artists from Oleary to Souris. I also enjoy seeing shows in Georgetown which too has received a lot of government funding.

    • Observer from the East
      June 18, 2014 - 12:36

      While PEI is more than just Charlottetown (spoken by somebody from Kings County), this parochial attitude is no help for growing PEI, which needs a vibrant arts scene. Moan about something else ladies and gentlemen

    • SLIPPY
      June 18, 2014 - 18:52

      We need a vibrant arts scene? Even if our artists and venues have no chance of supporting themselves? Funny, the budget in or schools for exposing students to art is almost non existent, but they can find money to prop up art ventures that can't support themselves. Maybe if the money went into education, our young people could figure out a way to make art viable.