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Long-term needs and options for a performing arts centre to be studied

by on March 4, 2013

City of Fredericton working with Fredericton Playhouse Inc. to begin studying long-term options

(Fredericton, NB) – The City of Fredericton and Fredericton Playhouse Inc., the non-profit organization that manages its live performance venue, will begin the first phase of studying the feasibility of a performing arts centre for Fredericton.

A joint steering committee comprised of representatives from both organizations, presented its plan to Fredericton City Council-in-committee on Monday. The partnership approach sees Fredericton Playhouse Inc. and the City not only cost sharing the expenses of the study, but also bringing their organizations’ different experiences and expertise to the work.

The first phase of this new study concentrates on understanding greater Fredericton’s present and future needs for performing arts infrastructure. Using that information, sizes and finishes of spaces and their relationship to one another will be considered, and a preliminary capital and operational cost analysis will be done. Additionally, the study will provide criteria that decision-makers would later use when considering sites for a future performing arts centre.

In addition to data collected from The Fredericton Playhouse, other cultural facilities, and industry standards, the study will rely heavily on input from regional stakeholders, potential partners, user groups, and the public.

“We are committed to finding creative and viable solutions for future decision-making,” says Wayne Burley, Vice President of the Playhouse board and chair of the six-member joint steering committee. “We need to find out what Fredericton’s long-term needs are before we can talk about the specifics of scale or location. This is one step in a much longer process. We want to make sure that decision-makers have the best plan to consider.”

Phase one of the feasibility study will be undertaken this year, with a request for proposals from expert consultants being issued in the coming days. Based on the outcomes of this work, future study of the feasibility of specific sites, funding sources, partnerships, and conceptual design would follow. Decisions on building a new performing arts centre are likely years away.

“We need to take the time to ask the right questions so that when the opportunity presents itself, the community will be making the smartest decisions it can,” explains Burley. “That’s what this study work is all about.”


For all media inquiries, please contact:
Jill Scaplen, Director of Communications | 506.459.6210 |

About Fredericton Playhouse Inc.

Fredericton Playhouse Inc. is non-profit, charitable organization which manages and develops the Fredericton Playhouse, the capital’s premiere live performance venue. The award-winning organization delivers programs, services, and facilities to provide Greater Fredericton with enriching live performance experiences – contributing to the overall quality of life, and to the health and economic vitality of the community it serves.

About the City of Fredericton

The City of Fredericton prides itself on being a smart, sustainable city offering a world-class business environment and balanced lifestyle with abundant recreational and cultural amenities.  Internationally and nationally recognized for municipal and community efforts, the City delivers more than 60 programs and services to residents and visitors alike, in a planned and financially responsible manner. Together with its community stakeholders, the City of Fredericton is working to be the most vibrant, small city in North America.

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