City to seek proposals for $4.5m Rize arts investment in Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant’s arts community will soon be invited to submit proposals for the investment of $4.5 million in community amenity contributions generated by the Rize development at Kingsway and Broadway.

The money will be allocated to improve arts space in the neighbourhood according to criteria developed during a five-month consultation with community members and Mount Pleasant arts organizations.

City Manager Penny Ballem outlined the process in a memo to council earlier this week.

The goal is to fund “innovative capital contributions for locally-led proposals to retain and enhance existing space or develop new space for artist production in or serving Mount Pleasant.”

The city will use an open call process to obtain expressions of interest from local arts organizations that can demonstrate operational sustainability, are located in or serve Mount Pleasant, are operated by a non-profit and can secure the benefit long-term as a public asset.