TOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–Investing in Southern Region’sCulture The Nova Scotia government is investing more than $40,000 invisual arts, crafts and live theatre in the Southern Region aspart of its ongoing support for the province’s arts and cultureindustry. “This investment helps individuals and groups fund specialprojects that encourage growth in the arts and culture sector inNova Scotia,” said Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism, Cultureand Heritage. “Each year, our department invests more than $5million in cultural programs.” A group of visual artists now has professional representation toexport their work to art galleries outside of Nova Scotia.Christine Ross, an art consultant from Annapolis Royal, will usethe $4,000 in funding to research potential new markets. “Most artists have to support themselves with other jobs, leavingthem very little time to spend finding galleries outside of theprovince willing to show their work,” said Ms. Ross. “This willbe a more direct and professional approach and will includegalleries in the northeastern United States.” The latest round of investments from the department’s IndustriesGrowth Program involves $256,465 for 38 organizations across NovaScotia. Successful applicants for this program require anevaluation of the achievement of their projects. The Industries Growth Program provides $450,000 a year to supportprojects that enhance out-of-province sales of Nova Scotia’scultural products. It also supports the improvement of technicaland export capabilities and expands market opportunities andrevenues.