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Kelowna (September 6, 2022)

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!

Want to be more involved in the local Arts community? Kelowna Citizens for a New Performing Arts Centre can use your help!

Show your support by volunteering with our organization and lending your talent and expertise to one of our committees.

Available Volunteer Opportunities:

    • Communications, Public Relations, and Social Media Committee
    • Capital Fund Development Committee
    • Finance Committee
    • Fundraising
    • Research, Education, and Statistics 
    • Technical Support
    • Architecture and Design
    • Outreach and Membership Development
    • Interim Facilities Solutions

The Okanagan is a jewel in BC’s crown! We deserve to have an enviable performance venue that will attract world-class talent, engage all audiences, and showcase everything the region has to offer.

Join the movement! Volunteer today.

 

To volunteer with Citizens for a New Performing Arts Centre in Kelowna, please visit our Become a Supporter page, or contact us at kelownaperformingarts@gmail.com

 

Kelowna (September 1, 2022) — Kelowna Capital News

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KCR: Okanagan Volunteer Fair celebrates 25 years

Contributed by the KCR Community Resource

 

On September 17 the Okanagan Volunteer Fair Celebrates its 25th Silver Anniversary at Parkinson Recreation with a stellar turnout of over 70 organizations, including one of Kelowna’s newest non-profit organizations, the Kelowna Citizens for a New Performing Arts Centre Society, incorporated as a society on October 15, 2020. Known informally as Friends of KPAC, this 100% volunteer-driven organization was formed to support the creation of an exceptional Performing Arts Centre by 2026 in downtown Kelowna. Founding president Patricia Ainslie shares her passion for their mission and the benefits to the community.

“An iconic performing arts centre in Kelowna would serve the whole Okanagan, as it is only a ‘one-hour drive’,” explains Patricia. “We are working with Kelowna’s municipal government to advance a plan to replace the Kelowna Community Theatre and we are also enlisting the performing arts community and other stakeholders to foster broad-based and sustained business and public support for the project.”

“Volunteers have an enormous impact in helping to increase public support for the arts and for a new performing arts centre,” continues Patricia. “The more volunteers that would like to be part of this, the faster that support will grow… and the sooner we’ll see a new performing arts centre. The time commitment will depend on which committees you would like to join. Everyone has skills of some sort and together we would find your best “fit”. The most important pre-requisite is an appreciation for the performing arts and realizing how badly our community is in need of a real performing arts centre to replace our 60 year-old, 850-seat community theatre.”

Huge THANK YOU to our sponsors: the Central Okanagan Foundation, Interior Savings, the City of Kelowna, the Kelowna Capital News and Black Press and to BellMedia, including Virgin 99.9, Move 101.5 and Talk AM1150. Their commitment to volunteers and the community makes the Okanagan Volunteer Fair possible.

Dorothee Birker is the communications and development coordinator for KCR Community Resources. If you are interested in sharing your volunteer or organizational news, please contact Dorothee at dorothee@kcr.ca.

 

This article was originally posted in the Kelowna Capital News. Read the original article, here. 

For  more information on Citizens for a New Performing Arts Centre in Kelowna, or to volunteer, please visit kelownaperformingarts.ca, follow us on Facebook  @KCNPAC, or contact us at kelownaperformingarts@gmail.com.

 

Musician Anna Jacyszyn Spokesperson

Kelowna (March 20, 2022 ) — We’ve seen some changes to our focus recently at the Citizens for a New Performing Arts Centre. We recognize that a dream this innovative and impactful needs a swell of community support, and we want to invite everyone to be a part of that. How fortunate that we have so many passionate and influential people joining us to champion this cause! One of those, global award-winning musician Anna Jacyszyn, has publicly raised her melodious voice by joining us as spokesperson.

We know we’re onto something wonderful when we have such talented artists sharing our vision!

She may not be singing, but we’re sure Anna Jacyszyn’s message will move you. Have a look.

A new performing arts centre is an initiative that can bring together the best of the best in our region. Moving forward with design ideas, incorporating the unique stories and cultures that make the Okanagan such an enchanting place, utilizing local materials to build a venue that truly highlights Kelowna’s spectacular beauty—these are the elements that will make this project a success.

Won’t you join us in making this dream a reality?

• View the full video here.

For further information on Citizens for a New Performing Arts Centre in Kelowna please visit kelownaperformingarts.ca, or contact us at kelownaperformingarts@gmail.com

Kelowna (October 13, 2021) — While event venues across the Okanagan were closed due to the pandemic, Kelowna’s Citizens for a New Performing Arts Centre, a group of dedicated volunteers, was busy advancing a vital mission — building community momentum toward the creation of an exciting, contemporary new arts and culture complex in the city’s core. We are gratified and energized by the enthusiasm that is swirling around this important initiative, which is attracting support from artists and audiences, businesspeople and the community at large.

One of the most prominent supporters of the movement is Rosemary Thomson, the acclaimed music director and conductor of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra. We are proud that Maestra Thomson agreed to star in our organization’s first video, explaining the mission and goals of Citizens for a New Performing Arts Centre. 

• View the full three-minute video here: https://youtu.be/htbHCMtiGGs

For further information on Citizens for a New Performing Arts Centre in Kelowna please visit kelownaperformingarts.ca, or contact us at kelownaperformingarts@gmail.com

Kelowna (March 31, 2021) — The City of Kelowna has invited consultants to step forward with expressions of interest in conducting a study on the financial aspects of building a new performing arts centre.

“We’re absolutely delighted about this development, because it signals that the City is serious about seeing this essential project move forward,” said Patricia Ainslie, founding president of Citizens for a New Performing Arts Centre in Kelowna. “This is an extremely important and promising step.”

The volunteer group, known informally as Friends of KPAC, is dedicated to rallying broad-based support for the replacement of the Kelowna Community Theatre by a larger, more modern facility that would better meet the needs of the Central Okanagan. The group, which hopes to see the new facility in place by 2026, is working with City officials, while gathering expressions of support from business, the cultural and educational sectors, and the public at large.

The City’s purchasing department recently posted a Request for Supplier Qualification (RFSQ). It aims to identify consultants who might be qualified to bid on a contract to carry out a feasibility study. The City has previously set aside up to $100,000 to examine the funding and related issues associated with building a new performing arts centre. More details on the RFSQ, which closes April 14, can be found on the City’s website.

Friends of KPAC, backed by leading cultural and other organizations in the Kelowna area, have been calling for a contemporary performing arts space that would keep pace with the city’s growth and dynamism. 

“Replacing the outdated Kelowna Community Theatre is urgent,” Ainslie said, “so we encourage the City to move forward with its feasibility study at the earliest possible date.”

For  more information on Citizens for a New Performing Arts Centre in Kelowna please visit kelownaperformingarts.ca, or contact us at kelownaperformingarts@gmail.com

 

Kelowna (February 17, 2021) — A new non-profit organization giving voice to a wide range of community interests is launching a citizens movement to press for the creation of a new Performing Arts Centre in downtown Kelowna by 2026. 

“We know the community is ready to dream big,” said Patricia Ainslie, founding president of Citizens for a New Performing Arts Centre in Kelowna. “We are confident that, with the support of businesses and individuals throughout the Central Okanagan, these dreams will give life to a vibrant showpiece in Kelowna’s Cultural District.” 

Known informally as “Friends of KPAC”, the volunteer organization is advancing a plan to replace the 850-seat Kelowna Community Theatre with a new complex that would better meet the needs of performers and audiences alike. A new centre would offer more seating, spacious lobbies, better acoustics and other modern technologies, and vital amenities for the artists who will perform there. 

“The KCT will always enjoy a warm spot in our hearts,” noted Ainslie, an author, art curator and historian. “But, after almost 60 years of service, our community needs and deserves more.” 

Friends of KPAC recently began working with Kelowna’s municipal government to sketch out a process for the development of a new performing arts centre over the next five years, in a way that would not interrupt the operation of the community theatre during the construction phase. 

At the same time, the group is enlisting the performing arts community and other stakeholders to foster broad-based and sustained business and public support for the undertaking. 

After a year of planning and preliminary outreach, the organization used its inaugural general meeting Tuesday night to launch its website, which highlights the breadth of support the initiative has already garnered from across the region’s cultural community.  

Directors also agreed that a key focus for the year ahead will be to build supportive alliances with the many businesses and other interest groups that would benefit directly from the dynamism that the new facility would spur in Kelowna’s central core. 

For more information on Citizens for a New Performing Arts Centre in Kelowna, please contact Patricia Ainslie, Founding President, kelownaperformingarts@gmail.com or visit kelownaperformingarts.ca

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