A New Centre for the Performing Arts in Lethbridge

A new centre for the performing arts in Lethbridge is finally on the horizon. Earlier this month City Council approved that half a million dollars be put into the 2010 budget so that a plan for the center can be drawn up. But who will come up with the $50 million or so that the centre will cost to build and equip? What will the new centre look like and will it accommodate the needs of all the arts groups in the city?

The need for a new center for the performing arts has long been established. What gives cause for greater optimism now is that the centre has become a cornerstone of Lethbridge’s Heart of Our City master plan.

Speakers: Suzanne Lint and Christopher Babits

Suzanne Lint is the Executive Director of the Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge, a position she has held since 2002. She was the Arts and Culture representative and Executive Committee member of Economic Development Lethbridge and served for three terms as Chair of the local Catholic Separate School Board. Suzanne has also worked as a studio artist and as a marketing supervisor for News Canada Marketing.

Christopher Babits is a director on the Board of the Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge and Chair of the Arts Facility Steering Committee. He is a registered architect and associate with Ferrari Westwood Architects. Christopher was a designer on Calgary Zoo’s Tropical Africa Pavilion and Safari Lodge. He is the design and project architect for the modernization of St. Catherine’s School in Picture Butte and the new 200-bed facility for St. Michael’s Health Centre in Lethbridge.

Moderator: James Moore James Moore consults on distance learning and instructional design, and is a writer.

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