Recurring boost to the Odyssey of the Builders

The Odyssey of the builders of Quebec gets regular funding. The Minister of Culture and Communications, Luc Fortin, made the announcement Monday morning in Alma, before participating, in the afternoon, a day of regional consultations on the new Quebec policy on culture.

The museum which saw day in the early 2000s in the former Isle Maligne City Hall will join the other museums in the region that already benefit from operating aid program for museums (PAFIM). Almatois for the museum, this is an aid to $ 56,312 for the 2016-2017 year, which will gradually increase to 2019-2020.

In the region, Louis Hemon Museum, the Pioneer Mill, Fromagerie Perron Val-Jalbert, the Native American Museum and the Historic Centre of the Métabetchouan were receiving recurrent funding from the department. Across Quebec, just over half of the 180 museums have recognized that aid.

The minister Fortin, who was flanked by Serge Simard MP explained that a change in the eligibility criteria allows the Odyssey builders, as well as five other Quebec museums joining the PAFIM.

“To receive help, a museum should open 40 weeks a year at 24 hours a week on a Saturday or Sunday in low season, and 36 hours per week including Saturdays and Sundays in high season. It must have at least three permanent employees and present balanced financial statements, “said the minister.

Although it was not recognized by the program, the Odyssey builders still has received timely support from Quebec for its operation and its creation. But with stable funding, it will allow, according to Executive Director of the Historical Society of the Lac-Saint-Jean, Anne-Julie Nero, to put more resources to its museum functions, ie conservation, documentation and digitization of its collection.

The Odyssey of the builders has an annual budget of $ 850,000, half of which comes from self-financing, 30% of the city of Alma, and the remaining projects.

Network Support

Across Quebec, the Ministry of Culture and Communications will invest $ 29.5 million in the museum network this year, including $ 17 million for the PAFIM. Added to this are $ 12 million for the support of permanent and traveling exhibitions and $ 500,000 dedicated exclusively to museums established region. This will allow two museums that are not included in the PAFIM, the Centre for Agricultural interpretation of Metabetchouan-Lac-a-la-Croix and the Musee Sir William Price, to obtain financing.

According to the minister Fortin, announcements Monday added $ 493,000 annually for the network of museums of the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.

Two files in Arvida
Questioned on two issues affecting Arvida still under review at his ministry, Luc Fortin said the library’s travels very well.

“We met the city authorities at the beginning of the summer and we will have to announce very good news very soon,” he mentioned.

As for the Palace, the record also makes its merry way in the corridors of the Ministry but this, the minister Fortin said he is still waiting for the confirmation of the financial participation of the city.

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