There is much kerfuffle in the arts recently and sometimes we don’t know where to go or who to believe. One could choke on the bombardment of hearsay and false information in the air. But there is one fact not to disregard.
This is a survey presently on line, regarding a community centre for arts and culture. As artists and patrons of the arts, it is important to voice our opinion on such a centre. Though some remain sceptical, others bubble with enthusiasm regarding the reality of such a space. What is important, that is we must keep an open mind and participate.
A little history. The process began in June 2011,when a study (Culture-scape) sponsored by the city of Cornwall and its regional partners, resulted in a recommendation for the development of art and culture in Cornwall and the United Counties: “…the need for a publicly identifiable place which is recognized by the entire community and which can act as a Centre for training, production and experience of cultural activities and products”. The final plan recommended the creation of a regional arts council (YAC, Your Arts’ Council) and the development of a multi-functional Arts and Culture Centre.
Now in 2016, after much deliberation, the Feasibility Study has focused on the requirements of programs and activities, groups of potential users, the location, and other important factors that the team (Paul Sapounzi and VG Architects) must take into account in its design of a potential center.
Late 2015, the consultants visit more than a dozen possible sights and exchange with local representatives in the community. Now the public is invited to voice ideas. A survey on line is the most rapid and extensive way to get as many points of view as possible. This is followed by an Open House on February 24th when the public can exchange with the consultants. The team is considering dynamic, interactive listening sessions that will provide them the valuable feedback. As expressed by Jamie Fitzpatrick coordinator for the city: “This is the first round of public feedback collection and stakeholder meetings for the feasibility study for the center of arts and culture in Cornwall, and suggestions are of great importance”.
I began this article by stating that there is much commotion in the arts, none the less some activities will certainly lead to change. This is your chance to get the facts and voice your opinion. We may not have the centre by “tomorrow” but your participation will help determine the nature it will take.
Bilingual Survey on line : arts and culture feasibility study or at the Open House.
Open House : Cornwall Civic Complex – Salon B (100 Water Street, Cornwall), Wednesday, February 24, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8pm.
OTHER ACTIVITIES TO WATCH FOR
Workshop: Saturday, February 20, 1 to 4pm., Focus Art collaborates with OBO Studio to give a workshop on Monet. A group of 15 artists will gather at OBO Studio where Emily Macleod and Tracy-Lynn Chisholm will coach in the “ Art of Painting as did Monet ”.
The Spring Show is planned for the Cornwall Square in April. Time to get new artwork started. The high volume of traffic will be great visibility for your art.
Centre culturel de Cornwall, one of Focus Art’s partners, is planning their yearly tradition: La Cabane à sucre (Sugar Shack), March 19 and 20. More publicity in the Seeker will display a schedule of events.
Next Members’ meeting: March 2 at Le Centre Charles-Émile Claude. A demonstration by Kathleen Morin on producing portraits using technology and personal talent.