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Bank And Barn Transformed Into Cultural Centre

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Bank And Barn Transformed Into Cultural Centre

Province Supports New Arts Facility In Elgin And Middlesex Counties

Ontario is boosting the economy of Elgin and Middlesex Counties by turning two heritage properties into a showpiece cultural centre.

The province is investing $286,925 to convert a heritage bank building and a heritage barn into a regional cultural destination which will house a photo gallery and a state-of-the-art cooking studio. When completed, the "Arts and Cookery Bank" will offer culinary programs, cooking seminars promoting the use of local food and visual arts programs. The facilities will also be available to rent for community events.

The funding is part of the Rural Economic Development Program, which invests in community-based projects in three priority areas:

  • Improved access to health care services
  • Revitalized communities and downtowns
  • Enhanced skills training.

Quick Facts

  • This project will result in two new permanent staff positions and 12 short term construction jobs.

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“Elgin County will have the opportunity to welcome more than 5,000 visitors to the centre by 2011. This project is expected to bring over $800,000 worth of direct investment to the region, helping the Municipality of West Elgin and surrounding communities gain long term sustainability through rural tourism.”

Leona Dombrowsky

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“This regional hub will help inspire interest in our local food economy and local culture. The unique mix of programs and activities will help promote and celebrate the combined heritage of both Elgin and Middlesex Counties.”

Grace McGartland

The Arts and Cookery Bank Chair



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