Council sets aside $100,000 for next stage of exploration of Kawartha Lakes Cultural Center

A city plan to create a cultural center in Kawartha Lakes is one step closer to a reality after council gave the green light to next steps at its June meeting.

Council were presented with the conclusions of a Feasibility study of the cultural center, led by Nordicity and Giaimo, at their June full committee meeting and approved moving to the next stage two weeks later. Phase 2 of the project includes approval of up to $100,000 for site exploration, selection and feasibility analysis in the 2023 Special Project budget.

“The study resulted in a solid vision for a cultural center, with many potential paths to implementation,” commented Donna Goodwin, Economic Development Officer – Arts and Culture.

“Ultimately, the Cultural Center would be a transformational community asset that would foster greater cohesion across Kawartha Lakes’ culture and heritage network and be a model of institutional development and sustainability for future generations.

The Council matched $50,000 in funding from the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council and the Kawartha Lakes Culture and Heritage Network in 2019 to explore the possibility of a cultural center or hub for the City. In addition to meeting the need for municipal archives and collection facilities, the proposed center would provide a venue for cultural and heritage organizations and artists to share space and assets in a publicly accessible manner, according to a statement. from the city. .

“No specific site has been identified as feasible at this time,” Giaimo’s Stephanie Mah told the council, noting that approximately 50 sites were evaluated during the study process and feedback was gathered during community consultations.

“However, location analysis provides insight into key factors that should be considered more in identifying a site in the future.”

James C. Tibbs