On May 21, the Government of Canada announced it would provide funding of $1.48 million to the Kay Meek Arts Society for cultural infrastructure and accessibility enhancements at the Kay Meek Arts Centre. With this funding, the Society will undertake a series of important upgrades to increase the Centre’s accessibility, creating a safer and more inclusive venue for performers and audience members. The Society worked collaboratively with the Rick Hansen Foundation as part of this project.
Activities will include installing a commercial elevator with complete access to all three levels of the building; expanding areas to include at-level dressing rooms and a covered breezeway to access both stage wings; replacing seating in the studio theatre; increasing the number of accessible seats in the main theatre; and building accessible public washrooms on the lower and upper levels. Additionally, the Society will replace outdated lighting and sound equipment, as well as purchase public art to display on the grounds of the Centre.
“Our government is committed to supporting Canadians by investing in infrastructure projects that promote inclusivity and accessibility. Removing barriers and creating opportunities for a more active and prosperous society benefits us all,” said the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism. “Thanks to these upgrades, the Kay Meek Arts Centre will be able to present its work to even more Canadians.”
Funding for this project is provided through Canadian Heritage’s Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.