Funding for the Place des Arts Gets A Big Boost
Places des Arts architectural concept

Architect Pierre Thibault designed Place des Arts which will be located on the corner of Elgin and Larch Streets.

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport will invest $3.25 million in the Place des Arts capital project. This contribution, which was included in the recent Ontario 2017 Budget was a surprise to the seven founding members of the Place des Arts – Carrefour Francophone, Centre franco-ontarien de folklore, Concerts La Nuit sur l’étang, Éditions Prise de parole, Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario, Salon du livre du Grand Sudbury and Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario.

“With this contribution, more than 30% of the required funding is now confirmed. This is an extremely encouraging development!” indicated the Chair of the Board, Stéphane Gauthier. “I wish to thank our MPP and Minister of Energy, the Honourable Glenn Thibeault for championing the project and getting the support of cabinet colleagues for this important initiative.”

Place des Arts performance hall

Performance venues, including a 300-seat permanent hall and a 150 seat multipurpose studio, will be part of Places des Arts. Preliminary drawings from L’Atelier Pierre Thibault, Architect

The Place des Arts will offer several production and presentation facilities such as three stages for the living arts, a contemporary art gallery, a Youth Studio, artists’ studios and workshops. With the new not-for-profit corporation of Place des Arts and the seven founding members, eight cultural organizations will inherit permanent facilities for their staff, while many external users will also be welcomed with all services and facilities offered in both official languages.

“This is a fantastic project and I am thrilled to have out government support it,” declared MPP Glenn Thibeault. “With a partnership between the Federal and Provincial government, the City of Greater Sudbury and the community as a whole, Place des Arts is receiving funding to maintain excellence in arts and francophone culture. I can’t wait to see this project come to fruition.”

“I am delighted that the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is providing Place des Arts with $3.25 million in funding for this new cultural hub. The Place des Arts provides a visionary and inspiring model for cultural collaboration and partnership and, once established, it will be the beating heart of the arts community in Sudbury. This is exactly the kind of project our government is proud to support, and I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next,”  added the Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Greater Sudbury’s Place des Arts is the first such multidisciplinary arts centre in Northern Ontario. An occupancy analysis produced in 2015, part of the project’s feasibility study, asked 14 local arts, cultural and heritage organizations (including the seven founding members) to input their annual programming in a 12 month calendar. Results showed that the centre could host up to 850 activities a year, leading to some 50,000 entries in the centre per year.

“The next big decision will come in June, when the NOHFC is scheduled to make a decision about allocating $5 million to the capital project, following our application submitted last January,” added Gauthier. It will then be up to the federal government to confirm their support for the project.

For more information visit Place des Arts website and Facebook page.

Joseph Alfred Laberge was Sudbury's first Sudbury born mayor.
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