CANO is embarking on a program to provide year-round arts related events.

It’s already secured nearly $95,000 in grants and is working on getting approval for another $60,000.

However in addition to the money approved and in development, it’s also asked West Nipissing council for $75,000.

CANO Director Dany Poulin says in return for the funding, council would have observer status on the board where it can ask questions.

Poulin also says many communities use the arts as both an economic generator and to attract tourists.

Some events CANO is hoping to pull off are a summer concert series beginning this month and also story-telling shows at the Sturgeon River House Museum.

Council is looking at the request.

Meanwhile CANO is on the receiving end of $72,000 from the federal government.

Nickel Belt MP Marc Serre announced the three year funding which he says helps the arts group carry out its annual programming.

The $72,000, which is a 20 percent increase from the past, is from the federal government’s Official Languages Communities program.

Serre says thanks to the programming CANO carries out, Francophone culture and heritage is sustained in West Nipissing.