Friday April 18, 2014





Committee to be named soon for performing arts centre

'The goal is to get the groundwork laid so if funds are available, we’re ready to move'

Peter Milobar

The group of people who will look at the feasibility of a new performing arts centre will be named in a few days.

Mayor Peter Milobar said Wednesday he’s waiting on confirmation from one person, then the list of the committee members will be made public.

“We had a preliminary gathering so everyone could get a better sense of it. They want to know what they’re getting into,” he said.

What they’re getting into is a series of meetings to look at the eight-year-old cultural strategic plan and see if the ideas from that time about a performing arts centre are still applicable.

“At first glance, they appear to be,” he said.

The types and numbers of shows have to be identified as well. While some events might include the symphony or theatre companies, Milobar said they aren’t part of the committee because of their singular focus.

“I wanted to steer it away from being one of their projects. Ultimately, they may have some shows in there,” he said.

Sagebrush Theatre can seat about 700 people, while the Interior Savings Centre has capacity for more than 5,000.

The regional audience draw, economic benefits and possible locations are all on the table for discussion and analysis, he said. Eventually, however, a plan is expected to fall in place that would be at the ready should relevant government grants come up.

“The goal is to get the groundwork laid so if funds are available, we’re ready to move,” he said.

Milobar expected the group’s first meeting will be held later this month.





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