The Leamington Arts Centre received $218,000 from the province Friday to revamp the gallery and revitalize the uptown core, which may increase tourism and create new jobs.
“The improvement is well overdue,” said Mayor John Adams. The carpeting is more than 30 years old, the walls need painting and better accessibility is needed, he said.
The money will be used primarily to create better accessibility in the building by installing an elevator and constructing a barrier-free washroom, said Michelle Le Chien, director of the arts centre.
The Leamington Arts Centre teamed up with the municipality and jointly put in an application to the provincial Rural Economic Development Program.
“The goal is that the renovations will allow the arts centre to bring in expanded shows and bring tourism into the community,” said Paul Anthony, the town’s manager of culture and recreation.
Local artist Katherine Burton said revamped classrooms will increase the variety of art programs, such as writing programs, children’s programs, possibly even a dance or yoga class, she said.
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