DRYDEN – MP Greg Rickord was in Dryden on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage, to announce federal funding for substantial upgrades to the Dryden & District Museum. “The Dryden & District Museum is vital in the cultural education of our youth and overall enjoyment for the public. I am just so pleased that the installation of the new HVAC system has already improved the air quality in the museum. This is to everyone’s benefit as well as to the preservation of the antiques and collectibles. I am proud that our government recognizes the importance and values these types of improvements,” said Rickford.
The City of Dryden has purchased and installed a new HVAC system in the Dryden & District Museum. The new high-efficiency system will provide a safe environment for the museum collection and lenders’ collections. It will also ensure uninterrupted public access to collections and heritage services, comfort for patrons and staff, as well as cost savings in the facility’s operating budget.
MP Rickford enjoyed a tour of the museum with Curator, Leah Gardner. As part of the Government’s Economic Action Plan 2009, it was announced that $60 million over 2 years would be invested in cultural infrastructure through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF) to help stimulate the economy. This plan was renewed through 2015, allowing $30 million per year to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and innovation as well as increase access to performing, visual and media arts and to museum collections and heritage displays.