The South Surrey White Rock Arts Society (SSWRAS) recently donated $250,000to the City of Surrey. The funds will complement a $2.1 million dollar cultural development project funded under the City’s “Build Surrey” program to create a new arts space in South Surrey.
“I want to thanks the South Surrey white Rock Arts Society for its generous financial contributions toward the new arts facility in South Surrey”, said Mayor Dianne Watts. “The new facility will enhance our vibrant arts and culture community, and provide new opportunities for artists and art lovers in our city.”
SSWRAS provides opportunities for artists to meet one another, and to improve members painting skills through demonstations, workshops, art shows and critiques by recognized professional artists.
The society worked for many years to save and invest in a “building fund” which grew in size through proceeds from a series of summer art schools, garden parties and other successful fundraising events. When the Society heard of a new investment in the arts through Build Surrey, they saw the opportunity to realize their dream of a home for their painters. It was envisioned that, with partnership support, the space could also serve as a place where they could host their monthly members meetings, offer painting classes and present art exhibitions.
It’s recognized that this contribution would go well beyond satisfying the needs of their group to support other local arts organizations with great spaces to create and display art works including Semiahmoo Arts, Arts Umbrella and the Semiahmoo Potters. These groups are currently working together with City staff and Taylor-Kurtz Architects and Interiors to design the space. Facility construction will start in 2013.
Source: Sheila McKinnon, manager, Arts servics, City of Surrey.