Count the North Shore Business Improvement Association (NSBIA) among the groups that have officially thrown their support behind the proposed Kamloops Centre for the Performing Arts.
Executive director Jeremy Heighton said the NSBIA believes the downtown arts centre will be a hub for arts and culture in Kamloops, creating more capacity in venues that will help smaller groups find space.
Heighton said he feels arts and culture are a critical part of the city, regardless of what side of the river a facility is located.
“I don’t think it’s about North Shore, South Shore,” he said.
“I think it’s about whether or not Kamloops is ready to embrace itself as an arts and culture community and I think we are.”
The NSBIA has been engaged with the project’s development from the beginning, having reviewed the Kamloops Centre for the Arts Society business plan.
The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association, Thompson-Nicola Regional District, Tourism Kamloops, Kamloops Chamber of Commerce and School District 73 are among other groups to have endorsed the arts centre plan.
The issue will go to referendum on April 4, when voters will be asked if they approve of the city borrowing up to $45 million to build the performing-arts centre.