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Current facilities inadequate for true arts experience

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Taber Times

I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a concert this past weekend at the Taber Public Library planned by a committee of the Arts Council of Taber for the Performing Arts.

The music was excellent and the audience was educated on the history of Celtic music. It was a wonderful treat.

Unfortunately there was not enough space for all of the people who came to enjoy this treat. There was standing room only and even then there was not enough room for everyone.

Some stayed in the hallway to listen and sadly some chose to leave due to no space. This should not happen.

I have been serving on the ACTPA for five years trying to help get the approval and plans in place so that a performing centre for the arts can be built where the old library, police station and court house are now.

This center is badly needed, there is nowhere in town that a group or person can perform that is big enough, that has good acoustics, that has a decent accompaniment piano and where everyone feels comfortable to go.

You may be thinking sure there is, what about the civic centre? Well, I’m afraid that all that is good for is large dinners and gatherings such as on Remembrance Day.

The stage is too big and any kind of sound made gets lost before it even gets to the first row.

Taber needs a space where 100-150 people can fit comfortably, a space that no matter where in that space you perform you can be heard and where people can feel comfortable attending. The plans that the architect has drawn up for the old library, police station and courthouse provide for such a space plus it will add to the appeal of the downtown area.

ACTPA has always had the needs of the community of Taber foremost in our minds as we have sweated over how best to use the buildings currently there and to make them prominent once again.

SARAH LEE

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