A brand new arts and culture centre is set to open its doors inside a Scarborough park next year after experiencing delays related to COVID-19.
The new Clark Centre for the Arts will be located inside Scarborough’s Guild Park and Gardens and is expected to serve as an artistic hub for the area, bringing together residents and artists. The new centre will have a gallery, studio space, a darkroom, and seminar space.
The new centre will go on the site of the previous Building 191, which has recently undergone an extensive renovation and expansion to accommodate the centre.
The new building, which has been under construction since 2017, is architecturally stunning and will feature a two-storey glass foyer with a beautifully landscaped exterior surrounding it. The front of the building will include a sculpture garden and meadow.
Being a community cultural hub, the Scarborough arts centre will have a variety of programming including workshops and summer camps, all run by the Arts Services unit of Toronto Arts & Culture.
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The Clark Centre for the Arts was originally slated to open in 2020, but according to President of Friends of Guild Park John Mason, COVID-related issues caused significant delays.
“The City of Toronto now expects the official opening of the Clark Centre in early 2022,” Mason wrote in an April 2 Guild Park Facebook post. “The delay is caused by COVID-related issues affecting deliveries of building supplies, furnishings and art studio equipment; and the limited numbers of trades crews permitted to work on-site. City officials will make more information available in the coming weeks.”
The opening of the centre next year will certainly give Torontonians something to look forward to in a (hopefully) post-COVID world.