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A five-year guideline of arts and culture initiatives for Wilmot Township has been officially approved by council.

Jon Linton of TCI Management Consultants presented at the Nov. 5 council meeting to discuss the findings made from their year of work on the master plan.

“Our goal is to define goals, objectives, and priorities,” said Linton. “This is meant to guide investment over a five-year period.”


Members of the master plan steering committee were also in attendance for the presentation and approval, such as: Castle Kilbride curator Tracy Loch, Wilmot Mayor Les Armstrong, councillors Peter Roe and Al Junker, as well as chief administrative officer Grant Whittington and recreation and facilities services director Scott Nancekivell.

“The municipality’s role is always to be a partner in these ideas and to be responsive to the community groups putting them together,” said Linton.

The plan gave a total of 19 recommendations for Wilmot Township, with three new initiatives: Explore programs relating to diversity of cultures, bring awareness to the Waterloo Region Tourism Marketing Corporation’s information portal, and develop an official public art policy.

Other remaining recommendations suggested for Wilmot are: Maintain heritage designation, designate road corridors and heritage landscape, promote archives, support involvement of youth, provide capacity-building support for organizations, support existing and future festivals and events, and develop and promote a rural tourism strategy.

“We received many people saying ‘continue to’ and ‘carry on’ during our community feedback process,” said Linton. “There is a high regard for what’s going on already. Wilmot compares very favourably to other communities.”

The TCI director also pushed that there was room for an increase in celebrations of diversity as well as opportunities for more awareness and growth.

“We have a lot of good things going on that people aren’t aware of,” said Coun. Junker. “But that doesn’t mean we should stop.”

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Funding unveiled for new $13-million arts centre in downtown Halifax – TheChronicleHerald.ca

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HALIFAX — A proposed $13-million arts centre in downtown Halifax is closer to fruition, with the announcement of more than $10 million in federal and provincial funding.

The Link Performing Arts Centre would be an arts and culture hub at the former World Trade and Convention Centre across from Halifax City Hall and the Grand Parade.

The proposal includes an 1,800-person performance hall, a media production studio, two dance studios, a 160-seat cinema, a creative entrepreneurs centre, a storefront box office and a cafe on Argyle Street.

“It became obvious that this was something extremely important for the community,” Federal Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez told reporters Monday about the decision to fund the project.

Rodriguez appeared with his provincial counterpart Leo Glavine to make the funding announcement at a news conference.

Rodriguez said $4.5-million would come from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, while Glavine said the province would contribute $2.79 million. Another $2.9 million was also committed through the province’s Invest Nova Scotia Fund.

Rodriguez said he believes the proposal of a “hub” has the potential to grow the arts within the city and province as a whole.

“The way it works in different cities is the interaction between the groups, between people from different fields — you can do magic with this.”

Developer Armco Capital, which owns the property, has contributed more than $2 million for capital improvements, while the last piece of the funding puzzle is a $1-million commitment that is expected to be voted on by Halifax Regional Council on Tuesday.

“I think it will happen,” said Glavine. “I think the City of Halifax from the mayor down realize that the cultural economy has been growing over the last decade and this is going to give it even greater momentum.”

The Link Performing Arts Society says the centre would provide 16 full-time jobs, present over 900 events a year, and numerous opportunities for the employment and promotion of local and visiting artists.

Marc Almon, of Culture Link CIC, said although the funding over three years would get the centre on its feet, it is expected to be self-sustaining from 2021 onwards through a blend of non-profit and for-profit use.

“This is going to be an extraordinary venue that we think will be a really good opportunity for us to work with the private sector in garnering funds for not only the facility itself, but also the programming,” said Almon.

Almon said the centre would cover 82,000 square feet — about half of the building’s existing space.

“They (Armco) have agreed to below-market rent, which is another key element to us having a self-sustaining complex. We have in place a plan to operate here for 20 years so we become a reliable tenant for them.”

The operational funding from Invest Nova Scotia is meant to support business startups for cultural entrepreneurs. The money will support 10 new office spaces, workshops, and business advisory services.

Invest Nova Scotia vice-chair Colette O’Hara said the arts hub is exactly the kind of project the fund is meant to support.

“We are looking for ideas that are rooted in collaboration and that will ultimately make an entire sector more competitive or more productive,” O’Hara said.

Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press

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Ottawa, Nova Scotia to announce funding today for downtown Halifax arts centre – Global News

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Federal Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez has announced $4.5-million in funding for a new $13-million arts centre in downtown Halifax.

Nova Scotia Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine says the province will also contribute $2.79 million, with another $2.9 million coming from the province’s Invest Nova Scotia Fund.

READ: Nova Scotia to explore new ‘cultural hub’ on Halifax waterfront

The Link Performing Arts Centre project proposes an arts and culture hub at the former World Trade and Convention Centre across from Halifax City Hall and the Grand Parade.

The proposal includes an 1,800-person performance hall, a media production studio, two dance studios, a 160-seat cinema, a creative entrepreneurs centre, a storefront box office and a cafe on Argyle Street.

WATCH: Fredericton city council selects new site for regional performing arts centre






The Link Performing Arts Society has also asked the city for a $1.3 million investment for the project.

The society says the centre would provide 16 full-time jobs, present over 900 events a year, and numerous opportunities for the employment and promotion of local and visiting artists.

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Ottawa, Nova Scotia to announce funding today for downtown Halifax arts centre – TheChronicleHerald.ca

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HALIFAX — The federal heritage minister is in Halifax today to announce investments in a new arts centre in the city’s downtown core.

Pablo Rodriguez and Nova Scotia Heritage Minister Leo Glavine will make the announcement at Halifax’s former World Trade and Convention Centre at 12:30 p.m. 

The Link Performing Art Centre project proposes an arts and culture hub at the former trade centre that would include an 1,800-person performance hall, a media production studio, two dance studios, a 160-seat cinema, a creative entrepreneurs centre, a storefront box office and a cafe on Argyle Street.

The Link Performing Arts Society has also asked the city for a $1.3 million investment for the $13-million project.

They say the centre would provide 16 full-time jobs, present over 900 events a year, and provide “countless opportunities” for the employment and promotion of local and visiting artists.

The Canadian Press

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