uAlberta remains interested in downtown arts centre

April 30, 2013

The University of Alberta's arts dean says the institution is still on-board to become a major tenant at Edmonton's proposed downtown performing arts centre. uAlberta wants to move its school of music, faculty of art and design, and one other faculty or department to the $850-million centre, which would help cover the project's cost by leasing approximately half the space. Although the province cut uAlberta's operating grants by 7% in last month's budget, the arts dean says the university remains interested in the plan. "This is a very different budgeting process than the operating budget...This would be a new development," she says, adding that the music school has needed extra space for 30 years. The government must approve the additional money needed for the expansion. While the dean couldn't say how much that would cost, she says initial discussions with government officials have been favourable. Edmonton Journal