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New arts hub to be built in Townsite market building

An arts hub is coming to Powell River’s Townsite market building.

That comes from Island Coastal Economic Trust, saying that the pacific regional international summer music association (PRISMA) will turn a 5,000 square-foot space into a hub with performance, rehearsal, storage, and office facilities.

Along with these facilities, the hub would also include an industrial kitchen, soundproofing, and technology upgrades, all as part of a $200,000 investment from the trust.

Co-founder of the PRISMA festival Arthur Arnold says he’s grateful for the support of this project.

“Over a decade ago, PRISMA started in a basement, and now we are ready to help others the way we were helped,” said Arnold.

“I look forward to the journey ahead, knowing that the entire community will benefit, including the Tla’amin Nation.”

While PRISMA will use the hub as its new home of operations, eight other groups will use the hub including the Tla’amin Nation, qathet concert band, and qathet symphony orchestra.

The trust adds the festival signed a 10-year lease for the space, with construction set to start in July.

They aim to have the hub ready by December 2025.

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