Make museum part of new arts centre
A temperature of 103 prevented me from taking part in the recent public hearing on the possibility of a new performing-arts centre.
I hope it was well attended by ordinary people whose only vested interest is the evolution of our beautiful city.
All of us will benefit from this landmark facility and the choice of tenants will influence our usage.
Let’s include the jewel-box Kamloops Museum and Archives to create additional reasons to go there. Upgrades to their permanent exhibits, the development of the interactive children’s centre and world-class exhibits — like the current one on the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin — show us the museum is ready to be taken seriously as a part of our cultural community.
And it may be out of space.
How fun to explore an exhibit that gives historical insight to a theatre production such as Billy Bishop Goes to War — right in the same building for the audience to browse before the show!
Come on, ordinary people, let’s get behind this huge project.
It needs us all and we’ll all benefit.
Let’s encourage planners to include the museum in early conceptual thinking.