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Consultant Selected for Arts Facility Review

(Tuesday, May 19, 2009) - Halifax Regional Municipality and the Khyber Arts Society have awarded the contract for a Feasibility Assessment of the HRM-owned Khyber Building, located at 1588 Barrington Street.

The property has been used as an artist-run centre for many years but now faces a critical turning point in establishing a viable and vibrant arts centre in the urban core. The location of the centre is especially important given HRM’s proposed Barrington Street Re-Vitalization Plan and its proximity to the region’s major art and design institutions and cultural industries.

The aim of the project is to assess the respective advantages and challenges of various tenancy and operating models and enhance the facility’s appeal to a broad spectrum of visual, literary and performing arts. Representatives of local arts organizations will be included in interviews and workshops in an effort to develop a clear vision of the centre’s purpose and potential impact.

The lead consultant is TCI Management Consultants of Toronto. The company has an established record in feasibility studies and business plans for arts and cultural facilities and organizations. Director Jon Linton is a former Director of Ernst & Young’s international arts, culture, and heritage industry group and associate Glen Loo, St. Clements Group Inc, is former Vice-President of Heritage Canada. Glen has worked extensively with non-profit organizations in public consultation, marketing campaigns, and feasibility studies. The project team also includes local architects ADI Nova Scotia Ltd who will provide guidance regarding the adaptive re-use of heritage buildings and Artscape Inc has broad experience in community revitalization through arts and cultural development.

The contract is due to conclude in August, 2009. HRM staff will prepare a recommendation for Regional Council’s approval in the Fall.

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Peta-Jane Temple
Community Relations and Cultural Affairs
490-5469

Andrew Whittemore
Community Relations and Cultural Affairs
490-1585

 

 

 

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