Government provides $50,000 grant for new Vernon art gallery

Funding will go towards a business plan and analysis for proposed facility

  • May. 28, 2012 1:00 p.m.

Planning for a new Vernon Public Art Gallery is gaining momentum.

The provincial government has provided $50,000 towards a business plan and analysis for a proposed new facility on 31st Avenue.

“The Vernon Public Art Gallery enjoys a well-earned reputation as a leader in arts and culture in the community and the region,” said Eric Foster, Vernon Monashee MLA.

“With support from the provincial government, the gallery will continue to play a key role in Vernon’s thriving arts scene.”

Funds provided by the government will aid in research and development studies for a new facility.

“While there are many educational and cultural reasons to support the development of a purpose build art gallery for Greater Vernon, the economic development opportunities alone make it impossible to ignore the importance of this project for the overall health of our community,” said Dauna Kennedy Grant, VPAG executive director.

“A facility of this calibre would soon become an iconic symbol of the North Okanagan. It will act as a catalyst for the revitalization of the downtown core inviting developers to invest in our community and attracting the young professionals to our area that are so necessary in expanding our tax base.  It’s a strong strategic investment as much as it is a cultural institution for the betterment of our community.”

A timeline for construction of a new art gallery has not been established yet.