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Posted: December 5, 2017

Theatre lift project gets Canadian Heritage grant

Kimberley Arts Council – Centre 64 is pleased to announce the receipt of a Canada Cultural Spaces Fund grant of $75,000 from the federal government’s Department of Canadian Heritage to help fund the installation of an accessibility lift to the theatre at Centre 64.

“Combined with available in-house funds for the expansion and renovation of Centre 64 and funds raised in the ‘Give Us A Lift’ campaign, together with an in-kind grant from the City of Kimberley, this federal government grant will allow us to start work on the project immediately,” said arts council president Mike Redfern.

“We are very pleased and grateful to have been approved for this grant,” said Give Us A Lift campaign chair, Carol Fergus, who has spearheaded this project for Kimberley Arts Council. “It makes all the hard work put in by Dennis Bathory, Mike and I in getting to this point worthwhile. We are particularly grateful for Dennis’ professional architectural guidance, without which we could not have secured this grant.”

“I am thrilled that this investment in ‘Give Us A Lift’ will allow the Kimberley Arts Council – Centre 64 to improve accessibility to its facility, and create more opportunities for engagement and access to its wonderful programming. Today’s investment demonstrates our ongoing commitment to developing and improving access to cultural institutions for all Canadians,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

The ‘Give Us A Lift’ campaign has to date raised $23,000, thanks to the efforts of hard-working volunteers running events and the generous donations of community organizations and individuals. A final push is now planned to raise the remainder of the campaign’s $25,000 target.

“The support and generosity of people in the community has been most heartening,” said Fergus. “With a little more effort we hope to reach or surpass that target early in the New Year.”

Meanwhile the arts council waits to hear the results of its other grant applications with which it expects to reach the $175,000 required to complete the project.


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