EDMONTON - An Edmonton cultural fixture is getting a makeover. The Shumka Dance Centre near downtown Edmonton is getting a $72,000 investment from the federal government to increase the amount of dance space in the facility along with other upgrades.
The funding will convert the building's office warehouse into dance space, expand the reception area and upgrade the kitchen.
"This investment is a community-building project to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary," said federal Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains when he announced the funding on Oct. 21.
The investment is being allocated under the Canada 150 Infrastructure Program, a $300-million federal fund investing in cultural spaces to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. Approximately $92.4 million is being invested in Western Canada.
"The Shumka Dance Centre is a treasured hub for Canadian-Ukrainian performing arts and culture activity in Edmonton. I am proud of the evolving Canadian-Ukrainian dance form celebrated at this centre and the support provided through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program," Edmonton Centre MP Randy Boissonnault said in a statement.