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DWAC Foundation Welcomes Pickering City Centre Project
Foundation to work in partnership with the City on development of an arts centre

PICKERING, ONTARIO (February 28, 2017) ~ Business and arts community leaders with the Durham West Arts Centre (DWAC) Foundation are pleased with the commitment of City Council to the Pickering City Centre Project, which includes a performing and visual arts centre.

The project was one of the highlights in the proposed 2017 budget presented to the Executive Committee meeting on February 16th and approved by Council on February 27th.

“This commitment from Pickering re-affirms our partnership and brings our shared vision of a state-of-the-art performing and cultural centre in the city’s downtown core closer to reality,” said Mr. Justice David Stone, Chair of the Board of Directors of the DWAC Foundation. “In addition to providing high-quality arts and entertainment programming, the arts centre is an investment that will provide tangible, economic benefits to the entire region in terms of increased revenue from cultural tourism.”

The Durham West Arts Centre Foundation has worked alongside the City of Pickering for many years to further the vision of a vibrant and accessible community arts centre.

For information, contact: Phone: 905-420-2667

Dream of Durham West Arts Centre in Pickering closer to becoming a reality

Durham West Arts Centre Foundation applauds Pickering for supporting arts centre

Feasibility study to be included in 2016 budget deliberations

Pickering, Ontario (Sept. 23, 2015) – The organization dedicated to building a performing and visual arts centre in Durham Region is applauding Pickering Council’s unanimous 7-0 decision to take the next step in completing a feasibility study for a proposed arts centre in the community.

City staff have been directed to include study costs in 2016 budget deliberations.

Council’s decision represents a turning point in advancing the vision of a world-class cultural community, says Randy Steffan, a Durham West Arts Centre Foundation board member who appeared before the City’s Executive Committee on Sept. 14th.

“An arts centre will bring the arts of the world to Durham and the arts of Durham to the world. It will enrich the quality of life for local residents, promote economic development and become a meeting place for the region’s growing population,” said Steffan.

The Durham West Arts Centre Foundation has worked alongside the City of Pickering for 25 years, furthering the vision of making an arts centre a reality. The foundation has committed to leading related fundraising efforts and providing advice on governance and operational management.


Durham West Arts Centre Foundation holds successful event

02 Sept | Arts centre study points to positives for Pickering
posted by: admin | author : Kristen Calis | newsdurhamregion.com

PICKERING — If all goes according to plan, local artists, as well as those from all over the world, could be performing in a large venue right in the heart of Pickering.

More than 100 guests attended an open house at the Pickering Civic Complex Aug. 23 hosted by the Durham West Arts Centre Foundation. Read More

DWAC Foundation Open House at Pickering City Hall

13 Aug | DWAC Foundation Open House at Pickering City Hall
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DURHAM — Arts groups and community leaders have had their say on a proposed arts centre for west Durham. And in August everybody in the community is invited to add their input.

The Durham West Arts Centre Foundation has enlisted Webb Management Services of New York City to conduct a feasibility study on a centre in west Durham. On Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. at Pickering City Hall, the DWAC Foundation and Webb are holding an Open House where all are invited to learn more and comment. Read More

Major Arts Centre Coming to Pickering

25 May | Major Arts Centre Coming to Pickering
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PICKERING — The dream of a major arts centre in west Durham is a giant step closer to being realized.

The Community Arts Centre is now truly taking shape as work begins on an exciting study that will determine the most feasible and sustainable way to take the next steps on the creation of the facility that will benefit not only the residents of Pickering, but also the residents of the entire Durham Region. Read More



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