Twenty-four Nova Scotian artists and craftspeople had their work added to the Nova Scotia Art Bank collection today, April 16, at a ceremony at the Mary E. Black Gallery in Halifax. “The creativity of our artists enriches Nova Scotia and makes it a more vibrant place to live and work,” said Kelliann Dean, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “The Art Bank Purchase Program celebrates artistic excellence, preserves a history of art-making and showcases our best local artists.” Established in 1975, the Nova Scotia Art Bank Purchase Program supports the careers of local artists. Artwork is selected by an independent jury and displayed in government offices throughout the province, and in special gallery exhibitions across the country. Today, the collection consists of about 1,800 pieces. The newly purchased work will be on public display at the Mary E. Black Gallery, 1061 Marginal Rd., Halifax, from April 17 to 27. Applications for the 2008 Art Bank Purchase Program will be accepted until Nov. 15. For more information, visit the department’s website at: www.gov.ns.ca/dtc/culture/culture_funding.asp.