Community Museums Encourage Economic Development

first_img It’s well known that there is strength in numbers. That’s whymuseums and heritage groups across the province are collaboratingon projects designed to encourage community economic development. This year, the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritageinvested about $147,000 into heritage projects that will benefitmore than 70 community museums and heritage groups. The fundingis provided through the department’s Strategic DevelopmentInitiative fund, which supports projects focused on increasingself sufficiency in the province’s growing heritage sector. Otherpartners contributed an additional $130,000 towards theseprojects. “Nova Scotia has a rich and diverse network of heritageorganizations,” said Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism,Culture and Heritage. “We’re pleased to invest in projects that benefit local communities and help museums attract visitors.” The Dartmouth Heritage Museum is leading the Passage project,which involves 54 museums in the province. The project received$89,196 to develop an information management tool which will helpthe museums manage their collections, and make more of theprovince’s heritage information available online. “Passage is a first — a model of community museums working co-operatively on a project of this scope,” said Anita Price,curator at the Dartmouth Heritage Museum. “It is a powerfulexample of broad community buy-in and strong government supportleading to the creation of a uniquely Nova Scotian informationresource.” The Creamery Square Association in Tatamgouche received $10,000to co-locate four museums and an archives facility into a singleheritage multiplex within the Tatamagouche Creamery. “Volunteers from more than 10 local organizations aredemonstrating that with a strong spirit of willingness and co-operation, they can reach their dream to create a majorattraction at the Creamery site,” said Floyd Tucker, president ofthe Creamery Square Association. Established in the spring of 2000, the Strategic DevelopmentInitiative fund encourages community museums to partner withprivate, non-profit and government organizations to buildrelationships for sustainable economic development in rural NovaScotia. TOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–Community Museums EncourageEconomic Developmentlast_img read more