The Guild received $83,000 in government funding

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

Jocelyne Lloyd jlloyd@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on June 18, 2014
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Sally Cole

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.