The Manitoba government is providing $7.5 million to support phase two of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s (RWB) $30 million campus expansion and modernization plan that will help RWB continue its long tradition of artistic excellence.
“Manitoba’s internationally-renowned Royal Winnipeg Ballet has a long, proud tradition of excellence in training, creativity and performance,” said Premier Heather Stefanson. “Our government is proud to support our arts and culture organizations who play a significant role in fostering the development of tomorrow’s creative minds. This project benefit thousands of dancers, students and community members who access the ballet’s programming each year, while also supporting a vibrant downtown.”
The RWB’s campus expansion and modernization plan includes a new student living centre and extensive infrastructure enhancements across the organization’s other facilities. Phase two is slated for completion in March 2024 and will see significant improvements to the RWB studios, including energy efficiency measures, fully integrating the studios with the new student living centre and making the campus completely more welcoming, inclusive, safe and accessible to everyone in the community, the premier noted. Enhancements to the production shop and warehouse will also be completed.
“With the help of our partners at the Province of Manitoba and our private sector supporters, we are taking a significant step forward in our ambitious plan for substantial capital improvements across our illustrious campus in downtown Winnipeg,” said André Lewis, artistic director and CEO, Royal Winnipeg Ballet. “Together, we will ensure that the RWB stays at the forefront of the art form of dance and continues to rank among the best ballet companies and schools in the world.”
This modernization project ensures that RWB maintains its global recognition as a centre of excellence for dance training, production and performance.
“Our government is proud to support this major project, recognizing the prominent role RWB plays in our province’s thriving arts community, attracting students and professional artists not only from across Canada but from around the world to Winnipeg to refine their craft at this prestigious school and company,” said Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Andrew Smith. “This project will enhance the RWB’s well-earned reputation as a centre of artistic excellence and a source of pride for all Manitobans.”
To date, the RWB has secured $7.5 million in provincial government support and $15 million in private funding towards its $30-million fundraising goal.
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