Will Verdun Be the Next Plateau? A New Arts and Culture Center Is on Its Way to Verdun, But Not Without Your Help
The community of Verdun is on the brink of receiving a long awaited artistic and culture space in the heart of its core area. The Verdun Organization for the Development of Arts and Culture (VODAC) has had an offer accepted on a building on rue Gordon near Wellington and De L’Eglise metro station, and is in the process of securing funding. The building is located at 252 rue Gordon, which was formerly the The Prosvita Ukrainian Reading Society of Taras Shevchenko, and is a multi-functional three-story building that includes a large reception hall and stage, numerous offices, a library, coat check, restrooms, a kitchen, bar, storage, and other additional rooms. The plan is to perform quick renovations to turn it into a dream space for artists and cultural influencers who can use it for rehearsals and performances of theatre, dance, music, visual arts, community events and meetings, parties and weddings, and classes and lessons to name a few.
The Verdun Organization for the Development of Arts and Culture (VODAC) is a non-profit organization that will establish and maintain a multi-purpose performance space and artistic and cultural centre in Verdun. It will provide an outlet for local and other artists, both professional and non-professional, and a gathering space for the community. VODAC will build connections between local commerce and the artistic community by promoting Verdun as an environment that nurtures creativity and talent and that values arts and entertainment. –VODAC Mandate
The goal is to develop the community of Verdun through the establishment of a multi-purpose performance space and artistic and culture centre, which will finally exhibit the artistic and cultural talents of the community and fill a longstanding void in the Verdun area where no venues like this exist. It will also unite the communities of commerce and culture by promoting Verdun as an environment that nurtures creativity and talent and that values arts and entertainment. Being so close Wellington, it will also have a direct impact on many local shops, restaurants, and other businesses in the Verdun area.
At this point, VODAC is in great need of community support in order for this project to be realized. VODAC is currently seeking local businesses, artistic and cultural leaders and influencers, other community leaders, and all other members of the community for anything you can provide in writing to show support. A short letter that can be added to the appendix of the VODAC business plan with why you want to see VODAC succeed will move things that much closer to building this amazing multi-use centre in the heart of Verdun. There is also an online fundraising and support campaign at www.verdunarts.com.
If you are interested in becoming a VODAC Business Partner, sponsorship, or volunteering time or any other resources, VODAC is happy to discuss the details of the project, provide a draft of the business plan, or even just to hear your feedback and ideas. This project is intended to unite the community as a whole, so community involvement is strongly encouraged at all possible levels. For more information or to see more ways you can help, visit www.verdunarts.com or call 514.991.3822.
For additional information or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Contact: Christopher Pineda
Business Development Manager and Press Contact
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