CORNWALL, Ontario – As a part of their capital projects budget presentation to Cornwall City Council, the Recreation Department disclosed that it was seeking significant grant funding from the province and federal government for the Arts and Culture Centre.
Cornwall purchased 159 Pitt St., the former Bank of Montreal, in 2018 to serve as the site of the future Arts and Culture Centre.
The site was purchased for over $400,000 with a further $4 million to $6 million to remodel the building to fit its purpose as an art centre.
To help foot that bill, the local arts community pledged to raise $1 million for the project.
To date, the arts community has raised over $600,000.
Jamie Fawthrop, Division Manager for Parks and Recreation told Council that they had completed an Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) which would see the provincial and federal governments pay 33.3 per cent and 40 per cent of the project respectively.
With community donations in the amount of $1 million, the City of Cornwall would finance the remaining $300,000, if the total cost of the project is indeed $6 million.
Fawthrop explained that the City would be developing a business plan for the site and hiring an architect to create renderings of the finished building, hopefully before the end of the summer.
Councillor Dean Hollingsworth was skeptical of the project.
“So you are asking Council to commit to $5 million of financing without knowing the operating costs or the design of the building,” he said. Hollingsworth went on to indicate that he would not be in favour of the Arts Centre as it is planned now.
Councillor Eric Bergeron also expressed his skepticism of financing a project that did not have a design or business plan, but Councillor Claude McIntosh countered that it was too late to back up now.
“It’s a go. It’s a little hard to back out of it now. We’ve jumped out of the airplane,” McIntosh said
Councillor Todd Bennett said that having an Arts and Culture Centre for Cornwall was something that the city had been moving towards for a long time and that standing against the project would be a serious political error.
“If anyone had read any reports on arts and culture on dollars that they bring in a community would be making a serious mistake in voting to cancel this and that would be a horrible mistake in a young political career,” Bennett said.
Fawthrop confirmed that no money would be budgeted for the Arts Centre for 2020 and that money set aside in a previous year’s budget would be used to hire the architect.
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ST. PAUL – A variety of mediums were used to create unique works of art during a week-long Youth Art Camp held at the St. Paul Visual Arts Centre, last week.
Pam Bohn, the art instructor for the art camp, said the camp gives youth the chance to not only do art but form friendships.
“We also go outside to play and go to the park, and so it is also a day where they can make friends.”
The art camp included acrylic painting, watercolour painting, mixed media projects, and much more.
“While I facilitate the classes, [the children] are free to create as they please,” she said. “That allows those who like to do art that freedom to have different art mediums and try things that they may be unable to do at home.”
Bohn said the participating youths have enjoyed the art camps, adding, “They all get excited when they come and take their [art] home to show their parents.”
The Hive celebrates three new exhibitions at Art Gallery of Burlington | inHalton – insauga.com
Published August 15, 2022 at 2:41 pm
A special event celebrating three new exhibits is being hosted by the Art Gallery of Burlington.
The Hive is happening Saturday, Aug. 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. This free, all-ages event incorporates the organization, cooperation and energy of a beehive into an afternoon of art, activity, learning and fun.
The Hive will feature a special workshop led by Toronto’s Clay and Paper Theatre, live arts and crafts demonstrations, a screen-printing presentation, live performance, food and drink.
The event is being held in celebration of the AGB’s three new fall exhibitions:
- The Future of Work, an exploration into how the pandemic has affected labour markets and our quality of life
- ਨਜਰ ਨਾ ਲੱਗੇ/Nazar na lage/Knock on wood, a vibrant and meaningful interpretation on the art of rangoli by artist Noni Kaur
- Know your Place, an exhibit of cartoon-like clay sculpture that reveal the raw emotional experiences of the artist Sami Tsang
Known for work inspired by oral traditions, folk songs, poems and fables, Clay and Paper Theatre will charm participants and audiences with their original multi-disciplinary performance-based production. Guests who wish to participate with Clay and Paper Theatre should arrive early and be ready to create.
Visitors are invited to an interactive, screen-printing demonstration led by artist Jesse Purcell and are encouraged to bring any used clothing to be transformed into a bunting display to be hung in the gallery by the artist collective Works-in-Progress.
Arts Burlington will be opening its doors to guests with arts demonstrations and the Burlington Handweavers and Spinners Guild will guide guests through a natural plant-based dying demonstration, teaching attendees what they need to know to create from home.
The AGB parking lot will be free for the day. For more information, visit the AGB website.
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'Miyo Nepin' (Good Summer) art show brings together Indigenous talent – battlefordsNOW
“[Nordstrom] contacted the artists; I contacted some. Then, she [decided] how it would look,” Favel said.
“Miyo Nepin,” which means Good Summer, is the theme of the show.
“We just came out of the pandemic, [so] it’s a celebration of the freedom of movement, the freedom of the summer, and hopefully this freedom can stay in the future,” Favel said.
He noted the theme is essentially about the freedom from health concerns, with the hope that everyone can enjoy good health again.
“It’s a celebration of life and health,” Favel said.
Some of the artists featured in the exhibition include Carl Thunderblanket from Sweetgrass, Meryl McMaster from Red Pheasant, Greg Tootoosis from Poundmaker, Charity Boxell from Poundmaker, and Dana Standinghorn from Sweetgrass.
The curators focused on showing pieces from artists with a substantial body of work.
Favel is particularly impressed with the calibre of the artists’ projects in the show.
“We wanted to encourage, shed some light into this area of the talent that exists here,” he said. ”Hopefully, then, this work can keep going further, and their work can become more well-known provincially.”
Favel added the artists are creating pieces of a national and international quality
“If you go to any gallery in Montreal or Toronto, you would see this is the quality of work we have here.”
Favel hopes to keep putting the spotlight on many more of the Battlefords area’s talented Indigenous artists going forward as well.
“In the future, like in my Performance Arts Festival, we will just keep going, and keep growing, and keep developing. That’s our goal,” he said.
The Miyo Nepin exhibition that features more than 20 pieces is on now through Sept. 4 at Fort Battleford.
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