Ancaster Society for Performing Arts launches naming program for Memorial Arts Centre

News Feb 04, 2016 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

You can have your name up in lights.

Or at the very least, on the side of a wall, or above an entrance way.

The Ancaster Society for Performing Arts, which is coordinating the building of the estimated $12-million Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre, has been notifying its members and the general public about an opportunity to name parts of the centre.

About 10 people turned out Jan. 27 at the Old Town Hall to hear the arts organization’s pitch to raise money to renovate the former Memorial School at 357 Wilson St. Officials said for a certain donation a person or business can have the studio, lobby or even the entire 450-seat theatre named after them.

Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson said it “wasn’t a big turnout,” but it’s part of a process to promote the arts centre and get the community thinking about fundraising.

Ferguson has already talked to new Liberal MPs Bob Bratina and Filomena Tassi about possible federal funding for the facility. The idea, said Ferguson, is to divide the funding among all three levels of government, similar to the manner in which renovations to the Ancaster Senior Achievement Centre facility were funded. Ferguson has said asking for the municipal share of the funding from council would be a difficult task.

A community fundraising campaign has been underway since last year, overseen by local businessman Bob Wilkins.

Ferguson said he didn’t want to reveal how much has been raised so far since it is too early in the campaign.

Preliminary costs to transform the building are $6.93 million, while renovating the remaining school facility – after demolishing half the structure – is estimated to be about $5.2 million. Other expenses include $300,000 for asbestos abatement.

The art centre, designed by the Hamilton architectural firm Invizij, would use a portion of the 70-year-old building’s façade. It would include a lobby, various studios, workshops, storage areas and an elevator. It would also have a European piazza with a one-way entrance from Wilson Street that would allow vehicles to drop off people.

Ferguson has talked about selling a portion of the land at the back of the building to developers to build seniors’ housing. The money from the sale would be returned to the Ancaster community fund.

Ancaster Society for Performing Arts launches naming program for Memorial Arts Centre

Preliminary costs to transform the building are $6.93 million

News Feb 04, 2016 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

You can have your name up in lights.

Or at the very least, on the side of a wall, or above an entrance way.

The Ancaster Society for Performing Arts, which is coordinating the building of the estimated $12-million Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre, has been notifying its members and the general public about an opportunity to name parts of the centre.

About 10 people turned out Jan. 27 at the Old Town Hall to hear the arts organization’s pitch to raise money to renovate the former Memorial School at 357 Wilson St. Officials said for a certain donation a person or business can have the studio, lobby or even the entire 450-seat theatre named after them.

Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson said it “wasn’t a big turnout,” but it’s part of a process to promote the arts centre and get the community thinking about fundraising.

Ferguson has already talked to new Liberal MPs Bob Bratina and Filomena Tassi about possible federal funding for the facility. The idea, said Ferguson, is to divide the funding among all three levels of government, similar to the manner in which renovations to the Ancaster Senior Achievement Centre facility were funded. Ferguson has said asking for the municipal share of the funding from council would be a difficult task.

A community fundraising campaign has been underway since last year, overseen by local businessman Bob Wilkins.

Ferguson said he didn’t want to reveal how much has been raised so far since it is too early in the campaign.

Preliminary costs to transform the building are $6.93 million, while renovating the remaining school facility – after demolishing half the structure – is estimated to be about $5.2 million. Other expenses include $300,000 for asbestos abatement.

The art centre, designed by the Hamilton architectural firm Invizij, would use a portion of the 70-year-old building’s façade. It would include a lobby, various studios, workshops, storage areas and an elevator. It would also have a European piazza with a one-way entrance from Wilson Street that would allow vehicles to drop off people.

Ferguson has talked about selling a portion of the land at the back of the building to developers to build seniors’ housing. The money from the sale would be returned to the Ancaster community fund.

Ancaster Society for Performing Arts launches naming program for Memorial Arts Centre

Preliminary costs to transform the building are $6.93 million

News Feb 04, 2016 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

You can have your name up in lights.

Or at the very least, on the side of a wall, or above an entrance way.

The Ancaster Society for Performing Arts, which is coordinating the building of the estimated $12-million Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre, has been notifying its members and the general public about an opportunity to name parts of the centre.

About 10 people turned out Jan. 27 at the Old Town Hall to hear the arts organization’s pitch to raise money to renovate the former Memorial School at 357 Wilson St. Officials said for a certain donation a person or business can have the studio, lobby or even the entire 450-seat theatre named after them.

Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson said it “wasn’t a big turnout,” but it’s part of a process to promote the arts centre and get the community thinking about fundraising.

Ferguson has already talked to new Liberal MPs Bob Bratina and Filomena Tassi about possible federal funding for the facility. The idea, said Ferguson, is to divide the funding among all three levels of government, similar to the manner in which renovations to the Ancaster Senior Achievement Centre facility were funded. Ferguson has said asking for the municipal share of the funding from council would be a difficult task.

A community fundraising campaign has been underway since last year, overseen by local businessman Bob Wilkins.

Ferguson said he didn’t want to reveal how much has been raised so far since it is too early in the campaign.

Preliminary costs to transform the building are $6.93 million, while renovating the remaining school facility – after demolishing half the structure – is estimated to be about $5.2 million. Other expenses include $300,000 for asbestos abatement.

The art centre, designed by the Hamilton architectural firm Invizij, would use a portion of the 70-year-old building’s façade. It would include a lobby, various studios, workshops, storage areas and an elevator. It would also have a European piazza with a one-way entrance from Wilson Street that would allow vehicles to drop off people.

Ferguson has talked about selling a portion of the land at the back of the building to developers to build seniors’ housing. The money from the sale would be returned to the Ancaster community fund.