National Arts Centre receives $18.2M in federal COVID-19 aid

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One of Ottawa’s major cultural institutions says an infusion of financial support from the federal government will allow it to keep operating "in the coming months."

Canadian Heritage said this week that the National Arts Centre would receive $18.2 million as the local organization “manages the challenges and impacts” of COVID-19 and “plans for the future.”

The NAC has cancelled all ticketed performances, free public events as well as conferences and meetings through to the end of August, but has been promoting a series of live-streamed online performances and has partnered with other organizations on events such as a drive-in concert series with Bluesfest organizers.

“We will work hard to lead and support the recovery of Canada’s performing arts sector, with an outward-looking focus,” the NAC said in a statement on Twitter. “We will focus on presenting scaled-down but innovative and meaningful digital, hybrid and live artistic experiences aligned with reopening phases.”