Recreation & Culture Master Plan

The Master Plan’s “Amenity Investment Prioritization Ranking” lists a Performing Arts space as the second-highest of 24 indoor recreation and culture amenity priorities, prioritizing this type of facility above all indoor recreation facilities. (Including ice arena facilities, which rank seventh on the list.)

You can read the full Recreation and Culture Master Plan here: https://getinvolvedlethbridge.ca/12868/widgets/51300/documents/55036

CIP Deliberations and Site Selection

Thank you to all those who participated in the CIP Online Budget Allocator. Your voice will be heard. But we need to keep awareness of this project front and center until CIP deliberations are finished.

We would like to provide an update as Council enters CIP deliberations May 10 – 14, 2021.

On April 28, 2021 presentations were made to the Economic Standing Policy Committee. This was the last cultural facility presentation to City Council before the CIP. At this meeting, Councillor Jeff Carlson gave an update on the Steering Committee work and presented their recommendation to designate the Civic Common as the site for the new Performing Arts Centre. Dianne King gave a presentation on the 20-year history/background of the PAC project, the studies indicating community support, and the value of this project to the community. 

The site recommendation, as well as, keeping the PAC in the next 10 year CIP cycle were deferred to the CIP discussions taking place May 10 – 14, 2021 for future development. Also, deferred to the CIP debate was a Comprehensive Site Plan process for the Civic Commons which is required to lay the groundwork for any future development. 

Approval of the new plan is anticipated to happen on May 18, 2021. We are encouraging performing art centre supporters to keep the project alive and moving forward in the next CIP by demonstrating their support for the project and the site.
Express your opinion directly to members of City Council at the emails provided below:

Chris Spearman: mayor@lethbridge.ca
Mark Campbell: mark.campbell@lethbridge.ca
Jeff Carlson: Jeff.Carlson@lethbridge.ca
Jeff Coffman: Jeff.Coffman@lethbridge.ca
Belinda Crowson: Belinda.Crowson@lethbridge.ca
Blaine Hyggen: blaine.hyggen@lethbridge.ca
Joe Mauro: Joe.Mauro@lethbridge.ca
Rob Miyashiro: rob.miyashiro@lethbridge.ca
Ryan Parker: ryan.parker@lethbridge.ca

As well, please share your support in the community! Engage with our social media and share to your networks. Do you still have a PAC support button? Or one of the vinyl stickers or window clings? If not, starting Monday, May 3 you can pick up buttons, stickers and clings at AAC Works (318 7 Street S) or the Downtown BRZ (309 6 Street S). Swag will be close to the door or outside for safe, physical distancing.   

Unable to pick up swag right now? Visit the Lethbridge Performing Arts Centre facebook for a profile sticker on Monday that expresses your support online. On Throwback Thursday consider sharing a picture of a performing arts event and tag it #NextStageYQL #PerformingArtsMatter to raise awareness of the performing arts online. 

If you have any questions or require further information, please feel free to contact the AAC Executive Director, Suzanne Lint (403.320.0555; director@artslethbridge.org).

Sincerely
Margaret (Peggy)Mezei 
AAC Board President

CIP Public Engagement 2021

You know a new performing arts centre for Lethbridge has been a topic of discussion and advocacy for the last 20 years. Throughout this time a number of City Councils have supported studies regarding a new centre which would meet the demands that our existing performing arts facilities cannot fulfill. Considerable time, effort and funds have been expended in these studies.

During the Capital Improvement Program process in 2017, City Council established a Performing Arts Centre Steering Committee and provided funding to do the necessary planning to realize the project. The committee was tasked with determining a site, operating model and an initial design for the centre. This was a commitment to ‘growing the performing arts’ in Lethbridge for the next 100 years.

City Council will be debating the next Capital Improvement Program May 10 – 14, 2021, with approval of the new plan anticipated on May 18, 2021. We are encouraging performing art centre supporters to yet again express their support for a center to keep the project alive and moving forward in the next CIP. The City has launched an on-line survey to gather community feedback. The online Capital Budget Allocator tool will only be available until April 28, 2021. Please visit https://getinvolvedlethbridge.ca/2022-2031-capitalbudget to complete the survey.

Another opportunity is to express your opinion directly to members of City Council at the emails provided below.

Chris Spearman: mayor@lethbridge.ca   

Mark Campbell: mark.campbell@lethbridge.ca                

Jeff Carlson: Jeff.Carlson@lethbridge.ca

Jeff Coffman: Jeff.Coffman@lethbridge.ca                       

Belinda Crowson: Belinda.Crowson@lethbridge.ca

Blaine Hyggen: blaine.hyggen@lethbridge.ca                  

Joe Mauro: Joe.Mauro@lethbridge.ca

Rob Miyashiro: rob.miyashiro@lethbridge.ca                   

Ryan Parker: ryan.parker@lethbridge.ca

The political environment is challenging and COVID-19 has placed extraordinary pressures on fiscal realities municipally, provincially and federally. A new performing arts center is a long-term investment in the vibrancy of our community and it must remain a part of City Council’s vision.  Your support is imperative to keep this important facility in the City’s plan.

If you have any questions or require further information, please feel free to contact the AAC Executive Director, Suzanne Lint (403.320.0555; director@artslethbridge.org).

Sincerely,

Margaret (Peggy) Mezei 
AAC Board President