CULTURAL CENTRE FUNDING
Submitted by Susan Taylor
During the Summer of 2015, the members of the Kawartha Lakes Cultural Centre Committee, a special project committee of the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council and the Kawartha Lakes Culture & Heritage Network, had the opportunity to meet with our City’s Mayor, Councillors and Senior Staff to discuss the future goals of the Cultural Centre Committee.
In March of last year, the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council and the Kawartha Lakes Heritage and Culture Network received a $50,000 private donation towards a feasibility study to be done for a potential shared community Cultural Centre facility in the Kawarthas.
Recently, City of Kawartha Lakes Council approved $100,000 in funding for the development of a cultural centre feasibility study to be included as a decision unit in the 2020 municipal budget.
“The Cultural Centre Committee is grateful to the Mayor, Council and staff for their support in creating this opportunity for our cultural sector and municipal government to strategically work together to map a cultural plan unique to the collective needs of our community.” stated Susan Taylor, Chair of the Cultural Centre Committee.
“The municipality’s investment in the cultural sector will work to provide increased tourism revenue for our community as we are talking about investment in a sector that in 2014, had a direct economic impact of $27.7 billion dollars and contributed to over 300,000 jobs in Ontario.”