Zann wants to grow NS arts and agriculture industries

Published on July 11, 2014
Lenore Zann

TRURO - NDP MLA Lenore Zann will be meeting with key creative and agriculture stakeholders as part of an official critic’s tour which began Friday.

Zann kicked off the tour on the heels of producing and directing a successful production of Romeo & Julie in Truro's Victoria Park with more than 1,000 attendees over three nights of preformances.

First stop on her tour was The Perkins House Museum in Liverpool to be followed a performance of The Yarmouth Arts Regional Centre’s (Th’Yark) production of “Chicago.”

On Saturday, Zann will travel to Canning to tour local heritage sites and attend the season opening for the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts. On Sunday Zann will be in Parrsborro for a production of By The Dark of The Moon, a new historical musical about the Women’s Temperance Society. On Monday, she will visit a lavender farm in Seafoam along the Northumberland Strait before travelling to Tatamagouche to visit a Blueberry farm as well as the Tatamagouche Creamery and Farmers Market. On Tuesday Zann will be in Lunenburg to visit a Haskap berry farm and the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.

“I've always said that there is a ton of talent and creativity from one end of Nova Scotia to the other and I am setting out on this tour to prove it,” she said in a news release. “Nova Scotians take a great deal of pride in their heritage and craftsmanship and that applies whether they make their living as an artist or as a farmer.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing first hand some of the great work that is being done across our province. I also want to learn more about what the government can to do to help promote the growth of the creative economy in every community and in the agriculture industry. The best way to do that is to get out and talk to people face to face, and give them support and encouragement to stay here, put down "roots" and grow.”

She added, “There is a great deal of potential in rural communities. I want to do everything possible to ensure the government is growing our agriculture industry and promoting the arts.”

Zann intends to visit other venues across the province over the coming weeks although details have yet to be finalized.

READ A RECENT OP-ED BY LENORE ZANN PUBLISHED IN THE TRURO DAILY NEWS