KAWARTHA LAKES: It is said that, “All good men and women must take responsibility to create legacies that will take the next generation to a level we could only imagine.”- Jim Rohn.
A major step towards creating a legacy, for taking the future of the culture of our community forward to a new level, was announced on Thursday, March 29th, 2018, at the AGM of the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council.
A $50,000 gift to Kawartha Lakes Arts Council has been received, to be used by the Cultural Centre Committee, a jointly formed committee of the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council and the Kawartha Heritage Network, to commission a Feasibility Study for a Cultural Centre in the Kawartha Lakes.
The gift comes from an anonymous local family who are strong supporters of the arts and have recognized the need for seed funding for the proposed CKL Cultural Centre.
Culture is the lifeblood of a vibrant society, expressed in the many ways we tell our stories, celebrate, remember the past, entertain ourselves, and imagine the future. Our creative expressions helps define who we are and helps us see the world through the eyes of others.
Ontarians participate in culture in many ways; as audiences, professionals, amateurs, volunteers, and donors or investors.
"I was happy to hear that the Kawartha Lakes Cultural Centre Committee will be going forward with a Cultural and Heritage Centre feasibility study. This could be of great benefit to the art and cultural community in the City of Kawartha Lakes, helping boost tourism and improve quality of life. I look forward to seeing the results of the study, and seeing the options on the specific functions and enhancements to the community that the centre could provide." said Jamie Schmale, MP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock.
“I am grateful to the Kawartha Lakes Cultural Centre Committee for the contributions it has made over the past 3 years to the promotion of local art, culture and heritage. I’m very excited to learn what the future holds for them and their important work!” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes- Brock.
“A very exciting time for arts and culture in our community. A Feasibility study is a great first step to lining up funding opportunities. Congratulations to all involved.” said Mayor Andy Letham.
A subcommittee of the Cultural Centre Committee has been formed, to oversee the Study process and prepare an Request For Proposal (RFP), and is comprised of Kawartha Lakes Arts Council Chair Dianne Lister, CCC Chair Susan Taylor of the Kawartha Art Gallery, Academy Theatre Past Chair Valmay Barkey and Debra Soule Economic Development Officer - Arts, Culture and Heritage for the City of Kawartha Lakes.
The Feasibility Study will look at a range of things regarding a possible centre, with any recommendations going through a series of public consultations before any decisions are made. It is expected, a call for proposals will be sent out by the early fall of this year, and the Study will be completed by mid to late 2019.
“Exhibits and displays, classes and studios, offices and retail shops, archival and artifact storage, services and support for cultural organizations and groups in the region; a Cultural Centre can be a community hub made up of whatever the people of Kawartha Lakes want it to be,” said CCC Chair Susan Taylor.
“This is an exciting first concrete step in a journey which could transform the cultural landscape of the Kawarthas,” said KLAC Chair Dianne Lister. “It shows how individuals and families who care about culture can make a difference”.
The $50,000 will be held by the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough and additional donor investment conversations are welcomed.
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