Lots of work behind the scenes for Vernon cultural centre

Looking for millions of $

It may not be in the news lately, but a lot of work is going on behind the scenes for a new cultural centre in Vernon.

Last year, North Okanagan voters passed a referendum allowing the officials to borrow up to $25 million that would house the Vernon Public Art Gallery and the Vernon Museum and Archives.

But grants and fundraising are needed for the remaining $15 million.

Since the referendum passed, a flurry of activity has been going in an effort to secure funding for the new facility.

Amanda Shatzko, Regional District of North Okanagan vice-chair, recently attended the Creative City Summit in Saskatoon, and she spoke to Heritage Canada representatives about grants for the museum/art gallery/community space.

"They are aware of our project and know we will be asking for funding," she said.

Dauna Kennedy, with the VPAG, said work is on going to find the money needed for the project.

Kennedy said the regional district has hired a project manager so “we have been doing preliminary meetings with them.

“In the background we are continuing to work on fundraising. We haven't launched a campaign yet because we are working with the regional district to determine what the targets will be,” said Kennedy. “It will be a two-part campaign. Part of it will be raising capital dollars and the other part will be raising endowment money which will help to offset operating costs going forward.”

The regional district has also applied to the provincial and federal government for grants.

“There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes,” said Kennedy.

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