November 20th, 2017

Council applauded for putting arts facility on centre stage

By Letter to the Editor on June 11, 2017.

On behalf of the Performing Arts Centre Advocacy Group, I would like to thank Mayor Spearman and council for the vision they displayed with their unanimous vote of support for a new Performing Arts Centre.

We appreciate the difficult choices that they make in deliberating the Capital Improvement Program. But, with the Performing Arts Centre listed as a priority for the past 17 years, we are delighted to see it taking centre stage in the next CIP! With funds committed by council, the size, location, operating model and architectural design will be completed and the new Performing Arts Centre will be “shovel ready” by 2022.

We want to also thank city administration for their advice and assistance over the past two years as we navigated our way through the appropriate applications and requirements for funding. We also wish to acknowledge past advocates of a Performing Arts Centre and the tremendous public support we have received. We hope each of you will continue to join us as “Ambassadors of the Arts” over the coming years because our advocacy work is not done. Working together, we will ensure our new Performing Arts Centre will make Lethbridge the envy of cities across Canada.

Dianne King

Performing Arts Centre Advocacy Group


3 Responses to “Council applauded for putting arts facility on centre stage”

  1. Mike says:

    No question about this group’s intention to want a new PAC. It should boil down to priorities. A third bridge, a bigger airport, a convention centre, housing for low income and homeless or perhaps a ring road. The citizens need to be heard but the priorities also need to be considered.

  2. manby says:

    Couldn’t agree more, all of the above are more beneficial . When they built Casa Why wasn’t it condered then?

  3. snowman says:

    So the artsi group want a free performing arts centre over $65million your council supporters grabbed another $375,000 to study what has already been developed through consultant reports and are quite clear to taxpayers, a previous council designated land and $500,000 dollars to pay for consultant, studies so a clear perspective required size and dollars as far as taxpayers were concerned was complete garbage and too expensive.
    Are you prepared to tell how many dollars you have raised over ten years as your share will you match the $15million of taxpayer your council buddies grabbed to front load. Other cities performing arts centres received private funding, Calgary, Edmonton for building, operating costs, what have you done
    sit on your butts and expect taxpayers to foot your bill. I suggest you get busy and come up with $30 MILLION.

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