The proposed $16.8 million Art Centre at Keyano won’t be happening after all.
The school’s Board of Governors passed a motion to cancel the project at a meeting on September 30.
Last November, Wood Buffalo council approved providing the funds to Keyano for the art centre.
“Given the current situation with a global pandemic, the fiscal realities of the College, and the aftermath of the Fort McMurray Flood, there are other priorities that need to be addressed at this time,” said Dale Mountain, Keyano Interim President and CEO.
Keyano was aiming to use the centre to help sustain, enliven, and grow the local arts community and attract artists from the international stage.
They also expected it to help the local economy through construction jobs and positions after it was complete.
“This decision makes sense, as with challenges related to the pandemic, flood, and current economic circumstances, it is unlikely the project would have been feasible,” added Mayor Don Scott.
“Keyano College has been a cornerstone in this community for decades and their long-term sustainability and service to Wood Buffalo is an important part of this region’s future.”
Meanwhile, Keyano notes their main priorities moving forward reducing administrative costs and non-essential spending.