Funding announced for new performing arts centre at Queen's
Queen’s University will soon break ground on a stunning, new performing arts centre, thanks to infrastructure funding from the federal government, the province of Ontario, the City of Kingston and a generous donation from benefactors Drs. Alfred and Isabel Bader.
The $63-million Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts will help lay the foundation for an “Arts Campus” along the shores of Lake Ontario, located on one of the province’s most historic waterfront properties.
The new government funding was announced today at Queen’s by John Baird, Canada’s Transport and Infrastructure Minister, and the Honourable George Smitherman, Deputy Premier of Ontario and Minister of Energy. Also in attendance were Kingston mayor Harvey Rosen, members of the local arts community, and Queen’s faculty and students.
“I believe this performing arts centre will be an important and iconic addition to the already vibrant cultural centre that is Kingston,” said Principal Tom Williams. “We are proud to be able to provide an environment where artists of the Kingston and Queen’s communities, and beyond, can develop and showcase their creative talents. Without these significant investments from the Governments of Canada and Ontario, the City of Kingston, and from Queen’s benefactors Drs. Alfred and Isabel Bader, the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts would not be possible.”
Citing the project as an example of the Canadian Government’s commitment to cultural infrastructure initiatives, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Baird said, “A new Performing Arts Centre at Queen’s University is a welcomed venue to showcase artistic and cultural activities in Kingston and the region. This is a fine example of how we are supporting infrastructure that’s good for the university and good for the community.”
John Gerretsen, Ontario’s Minister of the Environment and MPP for Kingston and the Islands, sent video greetings for this event. “Investing in cultural infrastructure is a great way to create jobs, build stronger communities and forge the creative workforce of tomorrow,” he said, noting that Queen’s is one of the economic anchors of Kingston.
The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts will be unique to the region and will help meet the cultural needs of Queen’s, Kingston and southeastern Ontario. It will provide an acoustically superior, medium sized concert hall, as well as a studio theatre, an art gallery and a film screening room for local and visiting arts enthusiasts.
The Governments of Canada and Ontario are each setting aside one-half of eligible costs of the project, up to a maximum contribution of $15 million. Drs. Alfred and Isabel Bader have given $18 million, and the City of Kingston has confirmed a funding contribution of $6 million. The total estimated cost of the performing arts centre is $63 million.
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