Investing in Creativity: Government of Canada Supports a Bigger and Better Children’s Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan
September 17, 2017 | All stories »
On September 12, Sean Casey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced $3 million in funding for the new PotashCorp Children’s Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan. Mr. Casey made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
“Our government is committed to supporting improvements to cultural spaces for artistic creativity and innovation. We are providing children and their families with the opportunity to experience lifelong learning in a larger and more accessible facility”, said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
This funding—provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund—will support the renovation and reconfiguration of the former Mendel Art Gallery building to house the new PotashCorp Children’s Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan.
“The goal of the Children’s Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan is to create a space where kids of all ages can come together to explore science, culture and art. Today’s investment will help them achieve this, and will benefit all the visitors who get to enjoy the new space and increased programming!” Sean Casey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage shared.
The press conference also included remarks from Mairin Loewen, Deputy Mayor and City Councillor for Ward 7, City of Saskatoon, “This investment will help the Children’s Discovery Museum expand its offerings to our community and create greater opportunities for the kids of Saskatoon to play and learn together.”
The new PotashCorp Children’s Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan is a non-profit organization that has operated a children’s museum at Market Mall in Saskatoon since 2009. The project will significantly increase the size of the museum from 2,000 to 12,000 square feet of exhibit space and raise the number of exhibits from four to ten. The facility will be fully accessible to individuals with mobility devices and reduced vision. It will also incorporate sensory considerations to accommodate visitors within the autism spectrum.
The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund supports the improvement of physical conditions for artistic creativity and innovation, through the improvement, renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities, as well as the acquisition of specialized equipment.
“We are honored that the Department of Canadian Heritage has chosen to invest in our organization and the children we serve. The new children’s museum will transform the beloved Mendel building into a hub of activity for families, where children can learn, grow, play and connect with the many cultures of Saskatchewan” said Amanda McReynolds Doran, Executive Director, new PotashCorp Children’s Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan.
Dave Hunchak, past President of the Board of Directors for the new PotashCorp Children’s Discovery Museum shared how excited he was to see this project coming to fruition. “I have witnessed over the past several years how this museum is transforming from a 1200 square foot spaces to a 12,000 space that belongs to our kids and the future of our community. We are so pleased to be partnering with the City of Saskatoon and Department of Heritage to bring new life into the iconic Mendel building and honor the history of creativity that lives here. This facility will be a gateway for children to discover and experience the world around them. It will become a centrepiece of civic life in the greater Saskatoon area and offer a community focused environment for students, educators, families and visitors to learn, play and grow”.
Veronique Loewen, a community supporter who acted as the Master of Ceremonies, expressed her pleasure at being able to support the new PotashCorp Children’s Discovery Museum. “The museum is impacting the lives of the people of Saskatchewan, especially our littlest citizens.”
Some of those littlest citizens were in attendance and able to present Parliamentary Secretary Casey with a thank you card that they had created during the press conference.