Minister of Canadian Heritage James Moore announced $1.1 million in federal funding for arts, heritage and culture projects in HRM.

The minister made the announcement in conjunction with Nova Scotia Finance Minister Graham Steele and Health Minister Marilyn More at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia yesterday morning.

“We know that arts and culture plays an important element of the quality of life in our cities,” said Moore.

“Arts and culture is (also) an important economic engine.”

The funding will go to 21 different organizations, ranging in genres from contemporary dance to independent film making to a fiddle festival.

Some of the largest local recipients of the federal arts and heritage funding announced yesterday:

• Symphony Nova Scotia $356,021

• Live Art Production Society Contemporary Dance Series $262,000

• TD Halifax Jazz Fest $114,000

• Kinetic Studio Series $85,000

• Art Gallery of Nova Scotia $70,900