Interesting points of view on the performing arts centre. This is a discussion that has been around for the last 50 years.
There has been a great amount of input and expertise from many very qualified people who have had amazing visions for a cultural centre for Prince George. There have been many meetings, discussions, consultations and energy that has been applied to this very essential heart of a city.
An arts centre is a place where residents and visitors can participate in the visual arts and performing arts.
Visiting presenters, musical events and audiences need a place to be front and centre in our city. Anyone involved with the arts needs a place to share creativity and support. This creates community which is what gives a city warmth and vitality and is very much needed in this northern interior town.
All roads are coming through Prince George. There is a dismal array of warehouses on First Avenue, coming from the east and then up Queensway and out to the highway.
We need a destination place to attract people to visit the downtown. Welcome to Prince George is rather a misnomer, as there is no significant destination place to invite visitors. There are several hotels and new residential buildings. A beautiful arts and culture centre with studios and interesting shops would compliment the art gallery and the Civic Centre and make an exceptional place to visit.
The old BMO building is an inappropriate place for an art centre and a waste of money to try and make it work as a stop gap. Hopefully the development of a downtown arts strategy would encompass a beautiful centre with plenty of space to enjoy the music and arts of the community and brjng a real sense of community to our city. Also studies have proven that the financial value would far outweigh the many sport facilities.