Taxpayers contribute cash to Lunenburg landmark, tenant

by Keith Corcoran

Taxpayers are contributing an additional $660,000 toward upgrades at the iconic Lunenburg Academy and support for one of its major tenants.

  • <p>KEITH CORCORAN, PHOTO</p><p>From left, Tom Hayes of the Lunenburg Academy Foundation, Lunenburg Mayor Rachel Bailey, local MP Bernadette Jordan, and Burt Wathen of the Lunenburg Academy of Musical Performance.</p>

Most of the cash committed by Ottawa - just shy of $600,000 - is slated for ongoing facade and accessibility improvements at the Kaulbach Street landmark, in addition to establishing a classroom-based interactive tourism experience for visitors. That puts federal election year spending commitments aimed at the Academy over $1 million when the $500,000 funding announcement in June is factored in.

The Lunenburg Academy Foundation, a charity that raises money for repairs and maintenance to the National Historic Site, said the partnership with other levels of government demonstrates the good that can happen with all parties work together. Tom Hayes, a member of the board, said the foundation plans to start a major fundraising campaign this fall.

Meanwhile, the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance (LAMP), a hub for study and execution of the art form, was promised $65,000 toward professional arts training. LAMP offers one-to-two-week academies for emerging professional musicians under 35 who have completed university or conservatory music program.

The funding promises were announced during an August 29 news conference in Lunenburg.

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