Feds are investing in Edmonton’s cultural infrastructure

EDMONTON – The federal government is providing more than $4.2 million for three cultural infrastructure projects in Edmonton.

The Francis Winspear Center for Music is awarded $3.16 million to build and equip a new 550-seat Music Box concert hall. The Rapid Fire Theater is receiving $800,000 to convert the ground floor of a former telephone museum in Edmonton’s historic Old Strathcona neighborhood into a 200-seat theater, and $308,159 will go toward preparatory work for the Iron Works Building, a 36,000-square-foot large facility built in 1909 and located in The Quarters Downtown.

The Music Box concert hall at Winspear Center will be located in the Tommy Banks Center for Musical Creativity, a new annex to the building. The funding will support the purchase and installation of specialist equipment, including noise treatment attenuation and banners; sound, projection, communications and lighting equipment; and the installation of a flexible, powered seating system.

The renovated Rapid Fire Theater space will include a lobby, theater, tech booth, stage, green room, backstage storage and workshop spaces. The ground floor will also include a box office, staff offices and a meeting room.

Funding for the Iron Works building will support consultation on the design and fitout of the building, development of the final architectural and engineering drawings, completion of the construction bidding process, and final costing of the design.

Projects are funded by the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, which supports improving physical conditions for arts, heritage, culture and creative innovation. The fund supports renovation and construction projects, the purchase of special equipment and feasibility studies related to cultural spaces.

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