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Surrey’s Urban Screen Receives Federal Grant

Elected Officials ANnouncing funding

February 10, 2015

Surrey, BC – Nina Grewal, representative for Fleetwood-Port Kells, announced a federal government commitment of $189,000 today (Tuesday, February 10th) toward equipment upgrades for Surrey’s Urban Screen. Mayor Linda Hepner and Councillor Judy Villeneuve joined Grewal to announce Surrey will match the grant monies from the Federal program Cultural Spaces Canada to enable Surrey Urban Screen to showcase digital art in Surrey’s City Centre.

“The City of Surrey is honoured to partner with the federal government on a key infrastructure project which acknowledges Surrey as a rapidly growing, important cultural centre in this county,” said City of Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner. “With its planned new equipment, equally funded by the City of Surrey and the Department of Canadian Heritage, our Urban Screen venue will be able to continue the work of the Surrey Art Gallery to provide a strong and vital arts opportunity for the residents of Surrey.”

Artists, arts volunteers and cultural workers were on hand to welcome the news alongside City of Surrey Councillor Judy Villeneuve who chairs the Cultural Development Advisory Committee and the Public Art Advisory Committee. Jannette Maedel, Vice President of the Surrey Art Gallery Association, was also in attendance to take part in the ceremony.

“Surrey’s Urban Screen, located at the Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre is an integral part of Surrey’s Cultural Corridor,” said Councillor Judy Villeneuve. “Presenting unique youth media projects, and curated exhibitions, it is an offsite venue of the Surrey Art Gallery’s digital exhibition program Urban Screen offers an extraordinary opportunity for our community to experience contemporary digital and interactive art together, at a monumental scale. The City of Surrey has committed to matching the grant offered by the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canada Cultural Spaces Fund for specialized equipment.”

Projecting onto the west wall of the Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, Surrey Urban Screen is 30 metres wide and easily viewed by 30,000 people every evening from the SkyTrain. The Urban Screen launched as part of Surrey’s participation in the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad. The premier of the first exhibition using the new equipment is expected to be in fall 2015 and will be one of the events celebrating the Surrey Art Gallery’s 40th anniversary, and contributing another milestone to their seventeen year history supporting the production and presentation of art using technology.

For more information visit Surrey Urban Screen www.surrey.ca/urbanscreen

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For interview requests:

Oliver Lum
Communications Manager
Office of the Mayor
City of Surrey
604-591-4519

For program information:

Liane Davison, Manager
Visual and Community Arts
604-501-5197