Conseil Des Arts De Hearst Targets New Event Centre
McGuinty Government Supports Conversion Of Hall Into Arts Centre
A new arts and community events centre in Hearst will create new jobs and spin off other economic benefits in the local hospitality and services sector.
The Conseil des arts de Hearst is planning to buy the Knights of Columbus Hall on 9th Street to refurbish and expand it into a multi-purpose arts and community centre. The facility will be retrofitted to accommodate conferences as well as host a variety of performing arts events. Enhancements will make the building more conducive to hosting live performances, improving on visibility, sound quality, and seating. In addition to its other community functions, the facility currently hosts a dozen art shows that draw about 2,000 attendees per year.
The province is contributing a total of nearly $1.5 million to the project.
- Provincial funding is flowing in the form of a $1-million contribution from the NOHFC and $496,000 from the Rural Economic Development Program.
- The event centre will create two full-time administrative positions. More events and performances that draw visitors will mean more business for local hospitality services.
- The building is also currently used on a daily basis by a seniors’ club and the Knights of Columbus. Provincial court proceedings are held there and the Town of Hearst has designated the building as its community emergency shelter.
“The prominence of the French-Canadian culture in and around Hearst creates unparalleled opportunities for cultural and artistic events that have unique drawing power, and whose economic benefits ripple throughout the community.”
“Creating a state-of-the-art, wheelchair accessible hall will help increase attendance for local events and workshops. The new venue has the potential to attract more visitors to the community, positively affecting the town’s local economy.”