City approves arts centre funding
Kingston City Council has unanimously approved a $6-million contribution of municipal funding toward Queen’s University’s Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.
After an hour-long discussion at Tuesday night’s meeting, councilors confirmed the City’s financial support for the development of the King Street West site, which also houses the city’s J.K. Tett building.
“We are pleased with this result,” says interim Vice-Principal (Academic) Bob Silverman, who serves as chair of the Building Committee for the new centre. “Queen’s is excited to move forward with this project to build a waterfront arts community for the City and region.”
The city’s contribution was crucial to obtaining $30 million in federal and provincial funding for the $63-million centre, which will enhance the teaching of the creative arts, promote collaborations among Queen’s and Kingston area arts groups and encourage regional cultural tourism.
“We look forward to continuing to work with the City on how we will integrate the performing arts centre into the city’s cultural community,” said Dr. Silverman.