Performance venue group now accepting memberships online to build support

The Kamloops Centre for the Arts Society is now accepting membership signups online, building support for a performing arts centre in the city.

The volunteer-driven society is the driving force behind a new performing arts centre for the city and is collecting support and funding for start-up costs, including the creation of a business case for the centre.

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Prior to going online and as of July 30, board director Brenda Aynsley told KTW about 120 memberships had been sold. The group hopes to sell 7,000 memberships in its drive this fall.

Memberships can be purchased online for $2 at

Ron and Rae Fawcett resurrected the arts centre proposal earlier this year, following a failed referendum in 2015 that saw voters nix a proposed $91-million facility downtown at Seymour Street and Fourth Avenue.

The new proposal is at the same location, with a price tag of about $70 million.

The Fawcetts provided a new plan, in addition to donating the Telus annex building on St. Paul Street to provide space for arts groups. That donation is estimated to be worth between $8 million and $10 million.

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