Cultural Centre Feasibility Study

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We're happy to announce that consultant Nordicity, in partnership with Giaimo Architects, is conducting a feasibility study on the development of a cultural centre, or multiple cultural centres, in Kawartha Lakes.

This study will assess the feasibility of developing a cultural centre(s) in the community and includes community consultations, a market assessment, operations modelling and location analysis. Future community needs will also be identified, as well as an assessment of existing cultural infrastructure and financial resources.

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About the consultants
Nordicity is a leading international consulting

We're happy to announce that consultant Nordicity, in partnership with Giaimo Architects, is conducting a feasibility study on the development of a cultural centre, or multiple cultural centres, in Kawartha Lakes.

This study will assess the feasibility of developing a cultural centre(s) in the community and includes community consultations, a market assessment, operations modelling and location analysis. Future community needs will also be identified, as well as an assessment of existing cultural infrastructure and financial resources.

Hit the subscribe button to stay informed and get involved by completing the survey below.

About the consultants
Nordicity is a leading international consulting firm providing Research, Economic Analysis, Strategy and Business and Policy support for the Arts, Culture & Heritage sectors as well as the Creative Industries. For this engagement, Nordicity has partnered with Giaimo Architects, a Toronto-based architecture practice, integrating design, sustainability, cultural heritage, placemaking, and conservation.




Project Funders
This project has been generously funded by the Corporation of the City of Kawartha Lakes, the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council (KLAC) and the Kawratha Lakes Culture and Heritage Network (KCAN).


Confidentiality
Personal information contained on this form is collected pursuant to The Municipal Act, 2001, and will be used for the purpose of providing feedback to the Cultural Centre Feasibility Study. Questions about the collection of this information should be directed to the City Clerk or Deputy Clerk at 705-324-9411, extension 1295 or 1322.

  • Council receives Cultural Centre Feasibility Study findings

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    Since 2015, the municipality has been working with the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council and the Kawartha Lakes Culture and Heritage Network to assess the need for a culture centre(s) in Kawartha Lakes. In 2019, Council allocated $50,000 in matched funding from the two groups to undertake a feasibility study to test the viability of a cultural centre/hub, among other objectives. At Committee of the Whole on Tuesday June 7, staff and consultants Nordicity and Giaimo presented the findings from the study and their recommendations.

    “The study resulted in a strong vision for a Cultural Centre, with many potential pathways for implementation,” commented Donna Goodwin, Economic Development Officer – Arts & Culture. “Ultimately, the Cultural Centre would be a transformational community asset that would support greater cohesiveness across the culture and heritage network in Kawartha Lakes and be a model for institutional development and sustainability for future generations.”

    Building on the need for a municipal archive and collection facility, the Kawartha Lakes Cultural Centre would be a facility for cultural and heritage organizations and artists to share space and assets. In particular, the facility would address findings within the study to:

    • Celebrate Kawartha Lakes’ rich cultural and heritage assets and support greater public access to those assets
    • House and showcase cultural assets and content of its partners in a space that is fit-for-purpose for long-term care and management
    • Provide support to the broader cultural and creative sector that is seeking affordable and accessible space to create and practice
    • Meet a variety of the community’s cultural and heritage uses, including live performances, exhibitions, store historical assets and more

    Across consultations, community members highlighted the following user groups or audiences to attract a future Culture Centre:

    • Artists and practitioners
    • Arts, cultural, creative and heritage organizations
    • Residents in the immediate and surrounding regions including seniors, newcomers to Kawartha Lakes, families and youth
    • Tourists and visitors
    • Indigenous people and the surrounding First Nations
    • Post-secondary institution researchers, programs and partners

    A full recording of the presentation to Council is available in the Committee of the Whole Meeting June 7, 2022 on Kawartha Lakes YouTube.

    The report is moving to Regular Council on June 21, 2022 for adoption. If approved by Council, staff will move into the second phase of the project which will focus on site exploration, selection and feasibility analysis.

  • Cultural Centre Feasibility Study - Final Report

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    We're pleased to share the final report for The Feasibility Study for a Cultural Centre in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

    Thank you to all the community members, organizations and stakeholders for their participation and insights throughout this project.

    The final report includes the study's key findings, recommendations to be presented to The Committee of the Whole on June 7th.

    Link to full report via meeting agenda.

    The Study found that:

    • Kawartha Lakes requires a new cultural centre to support a range community and culture sector space and programming needs and the City of Kawartha Lakes requires a new archives and curatorial facility.
    • There is an opportunity for a new facility to be built that combines both functions and allows for the creation of transformational cultural infrastructure – a cultural centre or hub.
    • The Design, construction, size and features of the facility should follow study recommendations
    • No specific site was identified as feasible at this time, however, the location analysis provides insights into key factors that should be further considered to identify a site in the future.

    City of Kawartha Lakes staff will provide additional updates as appropriate.


  • Cultural Centre(s) Feasibility Study: Update

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    Phase 2 of the Feasibility Study of a Cultural Centre(s) in the City of Kawartha Lakes officially ended this past week with a presentation to the Task Force and submission of an Interim Report. Those materials are available to review at kawarthalakes.ca (search via the calendar for the Cultural Centre Feasibility Task Force meeting on March 30th).

    In Phase 3, Giaimo Architects and Nordicity will focus on potential facility costs, operating budgets and a location analysis, based on the vision established from research, consultations and discussions with Task Force and the Advisory Committee (TAC).

    We would also like to thank the many organizations and sites that hosted us for tours during our March 31 site visits in Lindsay, Omemee, Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, Ops Township and Kinmount.

    We will continue to share updates on the progress of the Feasibility Study through the City of Kawartha Lakes’ Jump In platform as the project concludes towards the end of June.

  • Cultural Centre(s) Feasibility Study: Update

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    Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey about the Feasibility of a Cultural Centre(s) in the City of Kawartha Lakes. We are please to report we received more than 200 responses from members of the public.

    At this stage, we have interviewed leaders in the cultural sector and, earlier this month, held a successful virtual roundtable with over 20 representatives from the City’s arts and culture sector to provide their insights on a potential Cultural Centre or Centre(s).

    Nordicity is currently synthesizing the results of the survey, roundtable consultations and other research into an Interim Presentation for The Advisory Committee and Task Force. Following this presentation, Giaimo Architects and Nordicity will focus on potential facility costs, operational budget and a location analysis - including site visits.

    We will continue to share updates on the progress of the Feasibility Study through the City of Kawartha Lakes’ Jump In platform as the project advances.

    Thanks again to each of you for taking the time to participate.

  • Online survey extended to January 14, 2022

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    Back by popular demand, we've decided to extend the deadline for the online survey until January 14, 2022. Click on the Survey link above and fill out the form today.

  • Kawartha Lakes launches Cultural Centre Feasibility Study

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    To support the needs of the local arts and culture community, the municipality is excited to announce that consultant Nordicity, in partnership with Giaimo Architects, is conducting a feasibility study for a cultural centre(s) in Kawartha Lakes.

    “Kawartha Lakes has a vibrant arts, culture and heritage sector and our cultural assets are central to our quality of life,” commented Donna Goodwin, Arts and Culture Economic Development Officer, City of Kawartha Lakes. “Home to a variety of talented artists, musicians, performers and cultural spaces, we attract people and new investments each year. But just as our municipality evolves and changes, so too does our arts and cultural community. To support that growth, we need to ensure we have the appropriate infrastructure and programming in place.”

    The feasibility study will include community consultations, a market assessment, operations modelling and location analysis. Future community needs will be identified and there will be an assessment of existing cultural infrastructure and financial resources.

    Get involved in the project on our online engagement platform Jump In, Kawartha Lakes at jumpinkawarthalakes.ca/culturalcentre. Check out the additional resources and fill out the online survey which has been extended until January 14, 2022. More information and updates about the project will be posted as they become available. Specific questions about the study or requests for a hard copy of the survey can be sent to Donna Goodwin at dgoodwin@kawarthalakes.ca and/or Julie Whelan, Associate Director with Nordicity, at jwhelan@nordicity.com.

    All feedback will be compiled and considered for the final feasibility study report to be presented to Council by summer 2022.

    This project has been generously funded by the Corporation of the City of Kawartha Lakes, the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council (KLAC) and the Kawartha Lakes Culture and Heritage Network (KCAN).

    About the Consultants
    Nordicity is a leading international consulting firm providing Research, Economic Analysis, Strategy and Business and Policy support for the Arts, Culture & Heritage sectors as well as the Creative Industries. For this engagement, Nordicity has partnered with Giaimo Architects, a Toronto-based architecture practice, integrating design, sustainability, cultural heritage, placemaking and conservation.

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