Alberta. Department of Culture and Multiculturalism

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Alberta. Department of Culture and Multiculturalism

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<em>Dates of founding and/or dissolution:</em> The Department of Culture and Multiculturalism was founded as the Cultural Affairs Department in 1975 by means of Order in Council 518/75 under the authority of the <em>Public Service Administrative Transfers Act.</em> The Department was dissolved in 1992;<em>Functional responsibility:</em> The Department of Culture and Multiculturalism was responsible for the creation, administration and delivery of programs to promote the artistic and cultural development of Alberta, manage cultural and historical resources, and promote awareness of the cultural heritage of Alberta's peoples. In 1987, responsibility for delivery of multiculturalism programs was made the responsibility of the new Alberta Multiculturalism Commission. The Department provided programs in the following areas: Cultural development: Financial assistance in the form of grants or awards to persons or organizations in the visual, performing, film or literary arts; Planning and development of public library services in the province and provision of financial assistance to libraries and library organizations; Operation of the Northern and Southern Jubilee Auditoria; Film censorship and classification; Historic resources management; Operation of provincial museums and the Provincial Archives of Alberta; Preservation and operation of designated historic sites; Oversight of the Archaeological Survey of Alberta: Provision of financial assistance to local museums and non-profit societies to support preservation of heritage sites, buildings and materials: Multicultural programs; Providing financial support and consultative services to groups planning and operating cultural heritage festivals and other related activities: International assistance; Provision of grants to member agencies of the Alberta Committee of International Agencies; The Minister was responsible for the administration of the following Acts: <em>Alberta Academy Act; Alberta Art Foundation Act; Alberta Emblems Act; Alberta Foundation for the Arts Act; Alberta Heritage Day Act; Alberta Historical Resources Act; Alberta Order of Excellence Act; Alberta Women's Bureau Act; Amusements Act (Part 3); Cultural Development Act; Cultural Foundations Act; Department of Culture Act; Department of Culture and Multiculturalism Act; Foreign Cultural Property Immunity Act; Glenbow-Alberta Institute Act; Government House Act; Libraries Act Registered Music Teachers' Association Act.</em>;<em>Predecessor and successor bodies:</em> The predecessor of the Department was the Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation (Cultural Development and Heritage Resource Development divisions). The successor to the Department is the Ministry of Community Development. <em>Administrative relationships:</em> The Department reported to the Legislative Assembly through the Minister responsible for Culture (1975-80), the Minister of Culture (1980-87), and the Minister of Culture and Multiculturalism (1987-92). A number of semi-independent agencies reported either to the Minister or through him to the Legislative Assembly. These agencies included the Alberta Cultural Heritage Foundation (1978-87), the Alberta Multiculturalism Commission (1987-92), the Alberta Art Foundation (1972-91), the Alberta Foundation for the Performing Arts (1978-91), the Alberta Foundation for the Literary Arts (1984-91), Alberta Foundation for the Arts (1991-92), the Alberta Library Board (1948-92) and the Alberta Advisory Council on the Status of Women (1986-87). <em>Administrative structure:</em> The Department was made up of the following divisions: Cultural Development: Visual Arts and Crafts, Performing Arts, Film and Literary Arts, Library Services, Cultural Heritage, Cultural Facilities Development Branches, Northern and Southern Jubilee Auditoria; Historical Resources: Provincial Museum of Alberta, Provincial Archives of Alberta, Archaeological Survey, Historic Sites Services, museums; Cultural Heritage/Heritage Development/Multiculturalism (1988-92): Development of multicultural programs; Special Programs (1978-88): Citizenship programs, Field Services regional offices, Native Services Coordinator, International Cultural Agreements; Finance and Administration. <em> Names of the corporate bodies:</em> Cultural Affairs Department *1975-76; Department of Culture 1976-87; Department of Culture and Multiculturalism: 1987-92. <em>Names of chief officers:</em> Ministers responsible for Culture: ; Horst A.L.C. Schmid 1975-79; Mary J. LeMessurier 1979-80: Ministers of Culture: ; Mary J. LeMessurier 1980-86; Dennis L. Anderson 1986-87; Ministers of Culture and Multiculturalism: ; Dennis L. Anderson 1987; Greg P. Stevens 1987-89; Douglas C. Main 1989-92.


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