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City working with local arts group to establish a performing arts centre

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Lacombe, Alberta (April 9, 2019) – Council yesterday accepted the request from the Lacombe Performing Arts Centre Foundation for financial support toward the purchase of the former Trinity Lutheran Church as information, and directed City administration to work with the group to develop alternate proposals to establish a performing arts centre in Lacombe.

Council also approved an annual operating grant to the Lacombe Performing Arts Centre Foundation for $1,000 per month, commencing June 1, 2019.

“I understand that the Foundation is disappointed that Council felt the property in question fell short of the community’s long-term needs, but I am pleased that all members of Council acknowledge and appreciate the value of the arts in Lacombe,” said Mayor Grant Creasey. “We are committed to supporting the group to fulfill their desire for a permanent home.”

“As per Council’s direction, staff is supporting the Lacombe Performing Arts Centre Foundation by assisting them research a project scope that will suit the community’s need for a performing arts centre for the next 25 to 40 years, as identified in the feasibility study,” said Director of Community Services Deborah Juch. “One of the key factors of success is the bringing together of as many supporters and funding sources as possible: regional tax revenue, donations, patronage, and grants from other orders of government.”

Council has considered a variety of proposals to establish a performing arts centre in Lacombe over the past six years, including a request to help fund the February 2012 Needs Assessment and Market Analysis for a Community Arts Centre, which identified ideals to meet community needs.

The City currently supports performance art through annual funding to a variety of groups staging performance events in temporary venues. In 2018, contributions totalling $20,000 were distributed to nine different individuals and arts groups.