Anna Lo MLA said: “I have been to the Crescent centre quite a few times and I know personally how much they will value an upgrade of facilities. This money means that they will be able to afford to refurbish the centre.
“The arts can be of benefit to everybody, and can be good for our tourism sector which in turn bolsters the local economy. Art centres can be a shared space which can bring together people from all sides of the community.
“I know that a lot of community groups and initiatives use the centre and this money will mean that they will be able to do so for years to come.
“I put a successful motion to the Assembly last October that called on the Culture Minister to increase funding for the arts sector, so I am glad that he is making decisions based on what the Assembly agreed upon.”