The funding proposals we had submitted to the previous provincial government were either denied or not even considered when the UCP took power. The Federal election changed the local landscape as well and our request for federal money was denied. As well, a motion before City Council to increase its funding to ArtsCommon 118, was withdrawn, given the cascading effects of government cutbacks on the city’s budget.
We are still determined to build an ArtsCommon 118 facility, but will focus first on developing an alternative design on the grassy space (east parcel of land) that has lower capital costs and that will provide for “affordable” rental rates for tenants and allow for a “viable” operation. We seem to be getting closer, but not yet there.
We will be working with potential partners, in addition to Arts on the Ave, to work together towards an approved development.
As well, the uncertainty around COVID-19’s long term impact on all on of us, the CDC will be reviewing its various project time-lines to either re-affirm or modify them.
Circumstances have changed, and we are trying to change in order to move ahead.
-Mark Holmgren, ED
Thank you for a grant from the Alberta Government’s Community Facilities Enhancement Program to support the development of ArtsCommon 118