Large donation allowing for study on cultural centre for Kawartha Lakes

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A large private donation is allowing for a feasibility study on the likelihood of getting a culture centre for Kawartha Lakes.

Susan Taylor, chair of the cultural centre committee and president of the Kawartha Lakes Art Gallery, says there is “broad support” for having such a centre in the area.

“Several cultural organizations could be anchors,” she points out, and the cultural centre could “increase services for the community.”

It doesn’t necessarily have to be a new building and that’s something the feasibility study can determine, she says.

“For instance, a heritage building could be re-purposed for the community,” says Taylor.

A cultural centre has “great economic value” for the area, too, she says, noting that Quinte area has invested strongly in this direction in their region and it is doing very well.

“We don’t have to reinvent the wheel – there have been many successful examples.”

She credits the core services review initiated by Mayor Andy Letham that started this journey.

During the summer of 2015 the members of the Kawartha Lakes Cultural Centre Committee, which was a special project committee of the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council and the Heritage Network Council, had the opportunity to meet with City councillors and officials to discuss three future goals of the cultural centre committee:

  1. To promote the adoption of the cultural and heritage master plans through a municipal task force
  2. To ensure a permanent arts, culture and heritage development officer position in the economic development office.
  3. To explore the feasibility of a shared cultural centre

As of June 2016 the cultural centre committee’s first two goals were met.

“This could be a real community hub, not just for cultural events, for a number of different things,” says Taylor.

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Roderick Benns is the publisher of The Lindsay Advocate. He is the author of 'Basic Income: How a Canadian Movement Could Change the World,' and is also Vice Chair of the Ontario Basic Income Network. An award-winning author and journalist who grew up in Lindsay, Roderick has interviewed former Prime Ministers of Canada, Senators, and Mayors across Canada. He also wrote and published a series of books for youth about Canada's Prime Ministers as teens.


  1. Good day, Roderick! I enjoyed your community-minded publication. The thought-provoking issues and warm, human interest stories made for an interesting read. Congratulations on your beautiful, new publication!

  2. Hello Artemis! Thank you for stumbling upon the Advocate! Glad to hear you enjoyed it. It’s such a pleasure to be working on this initiative for my hometown. Take good care.

  3. Another benefit would be to keep and attract our youth from leaving. If this town continues to operate the way it is – it risks becoming a community largely for the elderly with the only attraction being retirement and long term facilities. You think I’m exaggerating. When someone asked for my location recently, their comment was “Lindsay, isn’t that the place where you go to die?”.

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