The development of performing arts in St. Catharines means more than just constructing a brick and mortar structure. It means building up a community that supports the arts, and in turn is supported by the arts community. The addition of this multi-purpose venue will enhance the urban economy of St. Catharines, draw tourists from the region and beyond to the downtown core, and also support the unique arts community that is indigenous to St. Catharines.
We are currently in the first phase of the campaign, aimed at raising $5 million of the $60 million it will cost to complete construction of The New Performing Arts Centre. Through innovative funding the City of St. Catharines will cover the majority of construction costs without affecting the tax base for St. Catharines’ citizens.
The kickoff of the first phase of the campaign happened on April 2, 2013 during an event in which Mr. Peter Partridge, Chairman of The New Performing Arts Centre Fundraising Cabinet, announced his family’s incredibly generous gift of $1 million. The Partridge Family’s generosity not only laid the foundation for this phase of the campaign, but also transformed the main concert hall into Partridge Hall. Mr. Partridge’s legacy will live on through the venue, as well as through his dedication throughout this project.
The New Performing Arts Centre will not only reawaken culture within the region, it will also have a significant impact on the local economy.
Fast facts about how The New Performing Arts Centre will contribute to the region’s economic health:
- $28 million parking garage (opened 2012)
- $50 million spectator facility (opening in 2014)
- $60 million Performing Arts Centre facility (opening in 2015)
- $30 million investment by Brock University to repurpose the Canada Hair Cloth Building for the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (opening in 2015)
- $54 million replacement of Burgoyne Bridge by the region of Niagara (project starting 2013)
- Increasing and helping sustain property values and tax revenue
- Stimulating new, high quality retail, residential and commercial investment in the region
- Populating downtown streets during evening hours, making downtown streets safer and more inviting for arts patrons and visitors
- Extending visits of tourists to the region and attracting visitors downtown
- Attracting new executives to the area to live in a progressive, modern community with quality professional arts and culture events and performances