The Stratford Arts and Culture Collective was formed in 2016 with the objective of creating an additional venue to serve the arts and culture needs of Stratford and area citizens.
We began by exploring the Grand Trunk Community Hub as a location for the centre, including hosting a Design Charette to explore development possibilities in November 2018.
A CONVERGENCE OF INTERESTS
We also became aware of the need for redevelopment of the historic Knox Presbyterian Church identified by the church's congregation. With the support of Kendra Fry of Regeneration Works, in May 2019, we began to explore the convergence of needs and opportunities between the two groups.
With the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, SPARC (Supporting Performing Arts in Rural Communities), and the City of Stratford, the SACC commissioned TCI Management Consultants (Toronto) to conduct a detailed feasibility study. The study examined three key questions:
What effects will an Arts and Culture Centre have on the City of Stratford and area?
What is the most appropriate model for the Centre to be developed, owned and operated?
How can the Centre be sustained?
After extensive research, interviews, benchmarking, focus groups, and online surveys, the study was completed on November 30, 2019. The report on the consultants’ findings is positive and supportive of the concept of creating an Arts and Culture Centre for Stratford citizens.