It’s time to “Give us a Lift!”
Capital campaign with a tax receipt-able donation
“The concert is in the theatre? Is there an elevator?” – “Sorry, no elevator!”
“No, sorry, the slide presentation is up the stairs in the theatre.”
“I would like to audition for the upcoming play.” “Sorry!”
“We have come to see the play. Upstairs? Oh dear!”
Conversations like these are becoming more frequent at Centre 64. Many patrons are turned away because of the lack of access to the second floor theatre for those with mobility issues and other health conditions, heart, respiratory, and visual, that make stair climbing difficult or impossible.
What’s the attraction in the second floor theatre at Centre 64? Live theatre productions, concerts, movies on the large screen, slide and video presentations, rehearsal space, and auditorium space for conferences and lectures.
Kimberley Arts Council Centre – 64 is resolved to make the second floor theatre accessible to all and with the help of the community this change can happen.
Project history: Since 2004 Kimberley Arts Council – Centre 64 (KAC-C64) has been working towards expanding the arts centre to include a larger ground level theatre. In 2012 the first step was completed when the adjoining property was acquired to provide space for the planned expansion. Unfortunately, since that time federal, provincial and local governments have not made provisions for funding this type of infrastructure. Grants to improve accessibility, for example an elevator or lift, are available now.
Realizing this, the KAC-C64 building expansion and renovation committee decided to change its focus and upgrade the existing building to make it a more user-friendly and accessible facility. The main floor has already been made wheelchair friendly and the recent addition of a sprinkler system now allows us to proceed with creating accessibility to the second floor by installing a wheelchair platform style lift.
Cover Architectural Inc. has been hired to work on the project and has developed a preliminary budget and provided lift options. With this information, the committee can now proceed with the project.
Project Overview: Make the second floor theatre at Centre 64 accessible to all patrons by installing a code-compliant hoistway integrating a lift with main and second story landings in a structure that will be erected on the exterior of the side wall of Centre 64.
The estimated cost of $175,000 to construct, install and complete the project includes design and options of *visual effects*, size of lift and access landscaping.
The Challenge: to raise the necessary funds to enhance inclusivity in our community by the installation of a lift at Centre 64 costing approximately $175,000.
Federal, Provincial and local grants will provide $150,000. We need Community fundraising to provide $25,000. We have raised $5000 to date. The balance required to raise locally is now at $20,000.
Community campaign events planned: May 27, Garage sale at Centre 64; July 1, Gumboot Stomp on outdoor stage in Centre 64 parking lot 6:30 pm; Aug. 26, Garden Gala: long-table dinner at Cominco Gardens; September, Karavan: a food, wine and beer tasting festival at Centennial Hall; September, A photography and slide presentation featuring local artists.
Honorary Chair: Give Us A Lift champion Caprice Hogg is a professional artist living in Kimberley who is confined to a wheelchair. Caprice was on a community accessibility committee and worked with Centre 64 to improve access into the arts centre by; leveling the doorstep approach, the installation of electronic doors and washroom renovations to accommodate wheelchair patrons. Caprice plays an active role in Centre 64 activities by offering very successful oil painting classes.
Caprice has never been able to attend any of the many events held in the theatre at Centre 64.
We would be happy to visit your organization and talk about the ‘Give Us A Lift’ Campaign
You can Support the ‘Give us a Lift Campaign’ by making a donation
Kimberley Arts Council – Centre 64 is a not for profit organization and a registered charity. Donors will receive an income tax receipt.
For information: Centre 64 – 250-427-4919 or Carol Fergus 250-427-2258.
We hope to be able to accept online donations in the near future. For now, donations can be done by cheque to: Kimberley Arts Council-Centre 64 | 64 Deer Park Ave, Kimberley BC V1A 2J2; cash; credit; or debit during office hours (Tue.-Sat. 1-5pm) at Centre 64.