HOW IT ALL STARTED

2008

ACTIVE CREATIVE ENGAGED COMMUNITY GATHERING

An Arts, Culture & Convention Centre was identified as the #1 priority for the community.

  2009

ARTS CENTRE STEERING COMMITTEE

An Arts and Culture Centre Committee was appointed by Council.

ARTS AND CULTURE CENTRE PUBLIC SURVEY

Bannister Research conducted a survey which determined there is strong public support and need for an Arts, Culture & Convention Centre in Whitecourt.

2011

ARTS AND CULTURE CENTRE FEASIBILITY STUDY AND OPEN HOUSES

RC Strategies Inc. conducted public and group meetings, and determined that there is high public demand for an Arts, Culture & Convention Centre. Open houses were held in June 2011.

CONVERSATION CAFÉ

Arts/Culture groups, the general public and instructors were invited to discuss their ideas surrounding an Arts, Culture & Convention Centre.

2012

LIBRARY NEEDS ASSESSMENT

Group 2 Architecture developed the report that highlighted the Library as being deficient in floor area and undersized for the community it serves. The report recommended a Library be included in the Culture & Events Centre, as this would provide opportunities for collaboration, and increase user and operating efficiency.

2014- 2016

TOURS

Town Council and Woodlands County Council toured several arts, culture and convention centres throughout the province to determine what components they would like included in the Centre. The Arts and Culture Committee also visited centres in Saskatchewan and Alberta and provided input.

2015

ARTS AND CULTURE CENTRE OPEN HOUSES AND INTERNET SURVEY

Whitecourt and Woodlands County held open houses and conducted an internet survey that determined there was strong support for an Arts, Culture & Convention Centre with 84% of participants responding that the proposed concept was good, great or excellent, and 75% of participants supporting a tax increase for the construction and operation of the facility.

2016

ARTS AND CULTURE CENTRE BUSINESS PLAN

Webb Consulting developed a plan, including an operating budget, showing significant public support for a 550-650 seat Arts, Culture & Convention Centre. This plan demonstrated the positive economic impact the centre could offer the community, while also increasing educational opportunities for residents through conference and partnership capabilities. The plan included an operating budget.

CONCEPT DESIGN

BR2 Architecture was contracted to create a Concept Design for the Culture & Events Centre project which includes the Arts, Culture & Convention Centre with a 600 seat theatre, Library and Administration Office.

AD HOC BUILDING COMMITTEE

An Ad Hoc Building Committee comprised of community members was formed and worked with BR2 on the design.

2018

INVESTING IN CANADA INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT (ICIP)

Applied for $15.6M through the ICIP grant program for the Library and Arts, Culture & Convention Centre.

 2020- 2022

DETAIL DESIGN

Received notice that the grant was approved at the end of 2020. Commenced detail design for the Culture & Events Centre.

The Public Ad Hoc Committee began developing an education campaign.

 FEBRUARY 2022

PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN

Public Ad Hoc Building Steering Committee conducted a public education campaign that provided a full picture of what this facility will include, offer and cost should it proceed. The campaign included a variety of virtual and in-person events, as well as advertisements posted in local papers and radio stations and on social media platforms.

THANK YOU

The Public Committee completed a public education campaign in February 2022, which included the development of this website. It remains active to ensure the communities have current information on the proposed project.


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