Mission, BC— The District of Mission has provided the Mission Arts Council (MAC) with a commitment to allow the development of an arts and culture centre at 7560 Hurd Street, the site of the former Mission Lawn Bowling Club. The Lawn Bowling Club will be relocated indoors to the new Boswyk Seniors Activity Centre at 7682 Grand Street soon.
Mayor Paul Horn said, “The Mission Arts Council has been contributing to our community for many years, and they need a home of their own. This is an important move by Council to better support and encourage the growth of arts and culture in the District of Mission.”
The MAC was seeking a larger site to enable them to increase programming, which could not be met at their current leased building on 1st Avenue and they approached the District for a potential location. After initial discussions with District staff and a review of the needs of the MAC, Council endorsed a recommendation to enter into a Letter of Intent with the MAC to allow for the future development of a community arts and culture centre at the Hurd Street location.
While funding has not yet been secured for the new space and the formal agreement is being prepared, this represents a very significant first step that will allow the MAC and their Board of Directors to seek out potential funding partners and grants. Mission Arts Council President Kelly Ridley expressed gratitude to the District of Mission on behalf of the MAC Board and members and looks forward to working collaboratively with the District on all aspects of the project including the funding, design, and construction of the facility.
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