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Osoyoos Museum using $14,000 grant from province to prepare for new building
A recent $14,000 provincial grant to the Osoyoos Museum Society will be used to prepare for the new building and won’t be put into the existing building.
That clarification came from museum Manager Kara Burton when asked about a government caucus news release that stated the funds “will be used to renovate the building that houses the museum.”
“We’re not renovating anything down here,” said Burton referring to the aging Quonset building that currently houses the museum and once served as a curling rink. “Oh gosh no.”
The Osoyoos Museum Society has been itching to move to a new location on Main Street in the building that currently houses the Home Building Centre.
The building centre recently decided to exercise an option to remain at that location until 2016.
“They’ve got their lease until September 2016 and then we’ll get possession of the building over that winter,” said Burton. “Hopefully we’ll get everything done that we need to do, but in the meantime of course we’re planning everything so that when we do get possession, we can jump right in.”
This grant under the B.C. Creative Spaces program, as well as other grants the museum hopes to obtain, will be used for design work as well as for redoing exhibits with the new building in mind, she said.
“Any exhibits that we do update now will be going directly into the new building,” said Burton.
She also said there are no current plans to seek a replacement for former director and curator Ken Favrholdt, who stepped down in December.
Burton serves as manager and Mat Hassen, who is president of the museum society, volunteers as managing director. The museum also uses a grant writer on a contract basis.
The B.C. Creative Spaces grants support artists and cultural organizations with 41 organizations in the province sharing $804,000 in funding. These one-time only grants are available to assist non-profit community and arts organizations, First Nations councils and friendship centres in developing new spaces, improving and upgrading existing facilities and obtaining specialized equipment, the B.C. government caucus said in a recent news release.