SCRO Requests Funding for a Living Arts Facility Feasibility Study
In April 2015, the Mayor asked Scarborough residents to identify three initiatives to advance through his office. In Fall 2016, as our first request, SCRO asked for the transfer of 3,000 City of Toronto jobs to Scarborough. On September 12, 2017, SCRO sent a letter to Mayor John Tory requesting City Hall funding for a Scarborough Living Arts facility feasibility study. You can read the media release here
A Living Arts facility will “stimulate growth of eastern Toronto’s arts and cultural communities, serve as a vehicle for rebranding Scarborough, create jobs and be a cultural and entertainment hub for all Toronto residents” said Jennifer McKelvie, Chair of SCRO in the letter to the Mayor.
The City of Scarborough had A Five Year Plan for the Arts in Scarborough in 1984. However, the recommendation for a Living Arts Facility was never advanced after amalgamation. “Given Scarborough’s unique demographic, social and economic conditions, the need to Renew Scarborough through arts and culture, convention and conference space is strong,” said Dave Hardy, a Board Member with SCRO and co-signer of the letter. There are many initiatives and organizations that contribute to the current arts and culture scene in Scarborough. We need to enhance their efforts through the right infrastructure to support their success in Scarborough. We also envision the facility to benefit all of Toronto,” said Hardy.
“We are requesting $2.5 million for a feasibility study contemplated in the 1984 Five Year Plan. SCRO would like to work closely with the City of Toronto and other key stakeholders to bring this study to reality. Also, we want to ensure that Scarborough residents are engaged and consulted in the development of this study report,” said McKelvie.
We look forward to response from the Mayor, and to developing a collaborative relationship with Mayor Tory and City Council to Renew Scarborough.