06/24/2013 04:29 EDT | Updated 08/24/2013 05:12 EDT

New program seeks to help aboriginal artists, those with mental illness

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government says it will contribute $225,000 over the next three years to help emerging artists from under-represented communities who may struggle to access public funding.

The government says the Arts Equity Fund Program will benefit aboriginal artists, as well as those with disabilities or mental illness.

The program is a partnership between Nova Scotia and the Canada Council for the Arts, which will also contribute $225,000 over the next three years.

It will help artists create new work, develop professionally and travel.

The program will be managed by Arts Nova Scotia.