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Heyfield Memorial United Church in Heart’s Content to be transformed into community arts centre

February 04, 2015 - Heart’s Content, NL – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)


Heyfield Memorial United Church in Heart’s Content, which will soon be renovated into a community arts centre

The Heart’s Content Mizzen Heritage Society Inc. will renovate the Heyfield Memorial United Church into a community arts centre, thanks in part to funding from the Government of Canada. The Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), today announced more than $153,000 for the Heart’s Content Mizzen Heritage Society Inc. to renovate and restore the local heritage structure.

Once completed, the renovated and restored facility will have a 150 seat performance area with art exhibit space, a workshop area and a social room, while maintaining the historical integrity of the building. The newly restored centre will provide cultural activities and events such as dinner theatre, coffee house events, rug hooking and quilting workshops, musical events and storytelling.

The initiative will enhance tourism development in the region by attracting more visitors to the area, and providing experiences that focus on Newfoundland and Labrador’s rich history and culture. Funding from the Government of Canada, though ACOA, will support building renovations and a product development plan.  

Quick Facts:

  • The Government of Canada, through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund, is contributing $153,204 to the Heart’s Content Mizzen Heritage Society to renovate and restore the Heyfield Memorial United Church.
  • Renovations to this local heritage structure will provide for more cultural events and activities to attract additional visitors to the region.
  • The Heart’s Content Mizzen Heritage Society Inc. has a mandate to preserve, protect, collect and present the community of Heart’s Content’s history and culture for current and future generations.

Quotes:

“Our Government is pleased to support the work of the Heart’s Content Mizzen Heritage Society and its infrastructure development plans, which will help enhance the region’s business and tourism base, while preserving the area’s culture and heritage.  Enhancements to community infrastructure support growth industries such as cultural tourism, benefit residents, and are critical to developing a foundation for long-term economic diversification.”  

-        The Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador and Minister of State (ACOA)

“Thanks to the generous funding from the federal government, we are very excited to be moving ahead with work to renovate and restore the Heyfield Memorial United Church. The renovations will allow us to maintain the historical integrity of the building, while greatly enhancing a key piece of tourism infrastructure and cultural heritage in our community.”

-        Claude Rockwood, President of the Heart’s Content Mizzen Heritage Society Inc.

 

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Contacts:

Kelsie Corey
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Rob Moore
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
613-941-7241
Kelsie.Corey@acoa-apeca.gc.ca

Julie Afonso
Acting Director, Public Affairs
ACOA NL
709-772-2984
Julie.Afonso@acoa-apeca.gc.ca  

Claude Rockwood
President
Heart’s Content Mizzen Heritage Society Inc.
709-583-2795
claude.rockwood@hotmail.com