Kenora's new arts centre will be underway soon. The $4 million project will be located next to the museum in the old lands and titles building. A groundbreaking ceremony is set for next week.

Construction of the 5,700 sq. ft. addition to the Museum Annex -- the former Land Titles Building -- will begin mid-May, says Lori Nelson, who is the director for the Lake of the Woods Museum. Kenora City Council awarded the construction contract to local firm Solid Construction at a special meeting on May 4.

It is anticipated that the new addition to Kenora’s cultural scene will open in the summer of 2019, Nelson added. A fundraising campaign has brought in just over $2.2 million dollars towards the private sector goal of $2.5 million. Provincial and federal funds have also been sought. 

Last summer, city council members approved an interest-free loan worth $600,000. The city is hoping federal and provincial government will join with private donors, so the money won't actually be needed. The city has also been asked, if they would consider funding ongoing operating costs for the gallery. They've been estimated at $125,000 a year.

The project is inspired by lake residents, who wants to donate a collection of work by W.J. Phillips.

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