PE Ledger

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

A parking lot in Vernon, B.C., is being renovated into a cultural centre, and a fundraising effort has begun

The new structure will also have a community space where everyone may enjoy performances.

Vernon Cultural Centre is getting closer to reality. The Greater Vernon Museum, the Vernon Public Art Gallery, and the Archives will all be situated in the downtown facility.

The new structure will also have a community space where everyone may enjoy performances.

It will be built on what is currently a parking lot between 31 and 30 streets and will serve as a cultural hub in Vernon’s central core.

Dauna Kennedy, director of the Vernon Public Art Gallery, has been working on bringing the Greater Vernon Cultural Centre to life with the Regional District of the North Okanagan, the Greater Vernon Museum and the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce, and the team is now preparing to raise funds to make the dream a reality.

“We have been trying to find a new home for years,” Kennedy added.

According to a press release regarding the project, “residents of Coldstream, Areas B and C and Vernon voted in 2018 to borrow up to $25 million for the Cultural Centre, and the next step towards the centre.”

“The North Okanagan Regional District is also looking for senior government money for the $39.5 million facilities.”

Together4Culture, a two-year fundraising effort, will kick up in September with a goal of generating $5 million for the centre.

Cars will be able to put on the future cultural centre in Vernon while the fundraising team works to reach their financial goal.

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