Bus subsidy improves access to visual arts program

February 4, 2016

Bus subsidy improves access to visual arts program

Students attending art education exhibits will receive a transportation funding boost, thanks to a new bus subsidy program.

The Gallery@501 Bus Subsidy Program helps schools fund the cost of busing students to art education exhibits. On average, schools pay $200 (rural) or $110 (urban) for a single day bus rental.

This year, the Festival Place Cultural Arts Foundation donated $6,000 to the Bus Subsidy Program. This donation allows more schools to take advantage of the program.

“Visual and cultural literacy are important components of a healthy community,” says Mayor Roxanne Carr. “We are grateful for the generous donation from the Festival Place Cultural Arts Foundation who committed these dollars to stimulate the imaginations of our children, broaden their cultural horizons and allow their creativity to flourish.”

The Festival Place Cultural Arts Foundation is a community-supported society whose objectives are to educate and increase the local community’s understanding and appreciation of the arts.

On February 9, 2016 the Bus Subsidy Program will officially launch by funding the transport of 74 Grade Four A.L. Horton Elementary School students from Vegreville to Gallery@501 in Sherwood Park for an art education class on portraits.

More information about the Bus Subsidy Program is available by calling Gallery@501 at 780-410-8585.

Gallery@501 information

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of almost 96,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.


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Media are invited to a photo opportunity with a member of Strathcona County Council, the students, bus, Gallery@501 curator, and members of the Festival Place Cultural Arts Foundation.  The details are as follows:

Tuesday, February 9 at 1:45 p.m.

Just outside Gallery@501 (#120, 501 Festival Avenue, Sherwood Park)



Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595