CEO: Thoughts on the two-year anniversary of the arena roof collapse

Click below for recent media coverage following this statement released February 13, 2020:

February 20 marks the two-year anniversary of the collapse of the Fairview Arena. Like all of our community residents, I can still see the visible signs of the collapse to this day: an empty field where the arena used to be, a connecting wall to the arena that is now exposed to the elements, and a building that still has many structural remnants of the former arena space.

The situation is not ideal. We are closely monitoring the facility, ensuring that it remains a fun, vibrant space for our 300+ weekly artists, as well as our community kids’ and adult programs.

Our proposed redevelopment – dubbed the National accessArts Centre (NaAC) – is our vision for the future: a completely accessible, purpose-built artist hub that would be the first of its kind in North America. Many of you are excited with what we are envisioning – a state-of-the-art facility that will support some of the most remarkable artists we’ve ever gotten to know, with a focus on community that will activate Fairview and our entire city at a whole new level.

With seed funding provided by the Calgary Foundation, Canadian Heritage, and the Government of Alberta, we have moved forward with articulating this vision, with drawings and renderings that are inspiring us to re-imagine the potential for Indefinite Arts Centre and the site on which we sit.

If everything proceeds as planned, we will be launching a capital campaign later this year that will inspire communities in Calgary and across Canada to support our bold vision. This will be led by our fundraising chair Gerald Chipeur, Q.C.

I have said all along that our artists – and the hundreds of others who identify as having a disability – deserve nothing but the best. The NaAC project is our next step in embodying this audacious vision.