Have your say on Oshawa’s cultural hub creation

Concept 1 in the proposed transformation of Oshawa’s Arts Resource Centre. The public is invited to comment on the options.

The City of Oshawa is in talks to possibly convert its Arts Resource Center into a cultural hub and city residents can participate in a feasibility study.

All of the responses are anonymous, and locals are encouraged to assess and give their opinions as the community’s input will affect the final recommendations for the project.

But what is a culture hub?

According to the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, a culture hub is a physical space where people gather collectively to experience arts or heritage-related activities and/or a facility which brings together and supports the arts and/or heritage sectors and creative disciplines.

Earlier this year, Phase 1 of the study’s public and stakeholder consultation took place. The results portrayed a vision for an accessible and inclusive space for creative participation, supporting artists, creatives and members of the public with arts programming and opportunities for creative expression.

The city, project consultant Nordicity, and architecture firm Giaimo are interested in understanding which conceptual design and scale best resonates with the Oshawa community.

They will further use public and stakeholder input to inform the feasibility study’s final recommendations.

“This is a very exciting process and one that’s been a long time coming,” Ward 4 City Councilor Derek Giberson said at a community services committee meeting earlier this year.

The project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

Have your say in one of two ways:

• Complete a feedback form on Connect Oshawa (ConnectOshawa.ca/CulturalHub) or on paper at Service Oshawa, located at City Hall (50 Center St. S.); or

• Visit the Arts Resource Center (45 Queen St.) or a city recreation facility to view the design concepts and complete a paper feedback form.

The form takes around five minutes to complete and is open until noon on Sept. 12.

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