NEWS November 13, 2017
Arts and Culture in Hamilton will receive a big boost thanks to funding by the Government of Ontario toward the creation of the Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre.
Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale was delighted to announce today that the Province of Ontario will invest up to $3 million toward the Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre project.
Located in the heart of the Ancaster Village, the Arts Centre will add new vitality to an already thriving arts community by converting the former Memorial School property on Wilson Street into a sustainable multi-purpose community and cultural centre.
The Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre will host a 450 seat theatre, a studio theatre, gallery, and multiple rooms to promote art, theatre, and dance.
The investment directly aligns with the goals of Ontario’s Culture Strategy, which promotes cultural engagement and inclusion, strengthens culture in our communities, promotes local tourism, fuels our creative economy and promotes the development and release of local talent.
Investing in this project will spur jobs, help grow the Ancaster and regional economy and assist people in their everyday lives.
“I am so proud our government is committed to growing the arts and culture scene in Ancaster. The Arts Centre will build on the tremendous success of Ancaster’s already thriving community arts organizations. This new facility will help attract tourists, boost our local economy and create good jobs in our city.” - Ted McMeekin, MPP - Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale
“Today, with Ted’s announcement, we are one step closer to the reality of having an Arts Centre in Ancaster. Working together, the Provincial Government and the municipality have successfully worked on several capital projects in Ancaster, including the twinning of the Morgan Firestone Arena, the renovation and expansion of the Ancaster Senior Achievement Centre and now this project, the ‘Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre.’ The community fundraising commitment to this project has now reached 2.4 million dollars with a goal of 3 million dollars. This announcement is made two days after Remembrance Day which is fitting as this school was named Memorial School in memory of those residents who lost their lives in war time service. The dedication plaque will be installed as an integral part of this now formally named Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre.” - Lloyd Ferguson, Councillor - Ward 12 Ancaster
" I would like to thank MPP Ted McMeekin for all his efforts in obtaining a $3M grant for the Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre. Ted listened, he understood the sustained economic and cultural benefit of the Arts Centre and then had the Provincial Government show great leadership. Thank you Ted!” - Bob Wilkins, Ancaster Arts Centre
- $3 million represents Ontario’s total contribution to the project. The Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre is engaged in fundraising efforts, and is also seeking a federal contribution to the project.
- Stakeholders involved in the project include the Ancaster Society for the Performing Arts, Theatre Ancaster, the Ancaster Film Festival, Sinfonia Ancaster, the Ancaster Senior Achievement Centre, the Brott Music Festival and the Dundas Valley School of Art. All have come together under the leadership of local resident Bob Wilkins and his community team and local Councillor Lloyd Ferguson
- Formed in 1793, the Village of Ancaster is the third oldest community in Ontario.
The Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre: http://ancasterartscentre.com
Ted McMeekin, MPP
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