January 19, 2012
Architects' rendering of Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts.
As work continues at the site of the new Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, Queen’s is now seeking a director for the centre.
A search committee is being established that will be chaired by University Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Alan Harrison.
“We hope to have a new director in place by summer, which will give the person just over a year to prepare for the grand opening in Fall 2013,” says music professor Gordon Smith, chair of the centre’s operations and planning committee, and associate dean of Arts and Science.
“Community engagement and outreach will be an important aspect of the director’s job, working with our colleagues from Kingston Cultural Services, community arts groups, tourism officials and area residents. This is an exciting and very collaborative project.”
The centre’s director will be responsible for event booking, management and marketing of the $63-million facility.
Construction progress can be tracked online through a webcam that’s been set up at the King Street West site.
Designed by internationally-renowned Norwegian architects Snohetta, the lakefront complex will include an acoustically superior concert hall, studio theatre, screening room and rehearsal space.
Queen’s four creative arts departments – art, drama, film and media and music – will share the exhibition, performance and teaching spaces. The Queen’s Performing Arts Office will also showcase its annual concert series at the centre.
Capital funding is in place, with support from all three levels of government and generous donations from private benefactors, including $22 million from Drs. Alfred and Isabel Bader. Endowment funds are being sought to support the Centre’s programming.
It is being located beside the city’s Tett Centre, which is currently being refurbished by the city for use by local artists and arts groups. The two facilities will form a hub of cultural education and creative experience for Kingston and the region.