"Potential home for the Arts" BY LEA STORRY
After months of research, the decision on whether to buy a 100-year-old Calgary school and transform it into an arts centre is now centre stage. Calgary Arts Development and The Calgary Foundation put in a combined bid in 2010 to buy the surplus King Edward School from the Calgary Board of Education. The two partners are headed to City Hall on June 29 to ask for a $5-million contribution to help with the purchase cost. "It's a big task," said Reid Henry, Calgary Arts Development director of art spaces initiatives. "The past eight months have been focused on a duel development process and we know everything from the risk of the building, to the community and cultural sector settings, and we're confident on what this project can be and how to make it happen."