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September 23, 2002
Culture Division awarded $365,000 for Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre
  
Culture - The City of Toronto Culture Division has been awarded $365,000
towards the redevelopment of the Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts
Centre. This grant is through the Cultural Spaces Canada Program of the
Department of Canadian Heritage.

Todmorden Mills is being redeveloped as a multidisciplinary cultural complex to
take advantage of its unique industrial, historical and natural heritage. The
redeveloped site will offer a range of programs that promote learning about the
arts, the natural environment and industrial history.

The upgraded theatre will provide a facility for both professional and local
amateur theatre productions. It will increase the capacity for public access as
well as diversify and broaden the scope of presentation and programming at the
site. This intimate venue will appeal to smaller theatre companies serving
under-served audiences such as youth and children. The upgrades include the
installation of professional quality audio-visual equipment, seating that can
accommodate a range of users and a portable stage.

The City of Toronto has also committed $1.9 million to the site's
redevelopment. The newly refurbished Paper Mill, the first phase of the
redevelopment, will open this fall.

Situated in the scenic Don River Valley, Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and
Arts Centre is a complex of historic buildings operated by the Culture Division
as a historic site museum with arts-related and outdoor environmental
programming. The facility includes millers' homes, the Brewery Gallery Paper
Mill Gallery and Theatre, and the relocated Don train station.


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