Campbellford – On Sunday, local MPP Lou Rinaldi stopped in at Westben Arts Festival Theatre to formally congratulate the group on the work done on the Welcome Project, thanks to a $34,000 Ontario150 Community Capital Program grant awarded in the New Year. MPP Rinaldi joined in with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of much of the repairs and upgrades made to the Barn, before the start of Westben’s much-anticipated production of SING.
"Westben is a leading arts organization in Eastern Ontario. They provide world class entertainment right here at home. This Trillium grant of $34,000 provides needed infrastructure upgrades to continue to make Westben a key tourism destination and major contributor to arts and culture in our region," said Lou Rinaldi, M.P.P. for Northumberland-Quinte West
Upgrades being made to the Barn included repairing cracked and uneven pavement of the concrete floor, improving the air flow in the Barn with the purchase of a 12-foot ceiling fan, add awnings, improve accessibility to entrance ways, and make needed repairs and purchasing new hardware for the Barn’s doors for easier access.
Through the "Welcome Project", Westben is increasing accessibility for members of the community and visitors to the popular local attraction. In addition to the Ontario150 Capital grant, funds for the upgrades were also raised through donations from the Fans of Westben campaign and its many volunteers.
“By undertaking renovations to our principal facility, the Barn, we plan to extend the life of our theatre while increasing the effective, safe and comfortable delivery of its artistic services,” said Brian Finley, Artistic Director. “Enriching people’s lives through arts, culture, heritage and tourism by having appropriate spaces, will have an impact on the lives of 15,000 people in the community,” added Finley.
Administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, which is an agency of the Government of Ontario, this one-time, Ontario150 grant program has been designed to help honour the province’s past, showcase the present and inspire future generations. For more information on the Ontario Trillium Foundation, please visit: www.otf.ca
For more information please contact:
Donna Bennett, Marketing Director
Westben Arts Festival Theatre
705-653-5508 or cell 705-653-7369
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