Save the Studio in Augustine Church

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Contact the political representatives for the area:

Wab Kinew, MLA for Fort Rouge. wab.kinew@leg.gov.mb.ca

Sherri Rollins, City Councillor for Fort Rouge - East Fort Garry. srollins@winnipeg.ca 

CITY OF WINNIPEG Planning, Property & Development Dept, Councillor Sherri Rollins, and Wab Kinew, MLA:

Please deny and / or revoke the heritage use permit required to demolish the studio in Augustine United Church. This studio has incredible historical and cultural significance to the arts community on a local and National scale. 

------ LOCAL & NATIONAL HERITAGE STUDIO------

The studio located at 109 Pulford St / 444 River Ave is a historically and culturally significant space to a large and diverse arts community in Manitoba. It is one of the oldest dance studios in the province and it is the only dance studio in the historic Osborne Village area. The studio is known as one of the birthplaces for contemporary dance in Canada, and was creative home to Order of Canada recipient, Rachel Browne. For decades, it was home to the first professional Contemporary Dance company in Canada. Notable choreographers such as Tedd Robinson created there, and it has been described by members of the dance community as a "Mecca" for Contemporary dance.

Artists of all kinds, and dancers from all styles of dance, have worked from the Pulford Street studio. Thousands have created here, and called this studio home. It is an artistic and cultural hub not only in Winnipeg, but also on a National scale.

Its architecture is stunning to behold. It has vaulted ceilings, lined with windows where the sun pours in over a large marley dance floor - among the first of its kind in the province. Large, original wood beams stretch across the ceiling and mark the walls and doorways. The space is irreplaceable in every aspect.

The owners of the building have decided to demolish the studio (gutting the Church's South end hall interior completely) in order to build a daycare. There is room for everyone, however. Demolition of the studio will irreversibly destroy one of the oldest and most significant studios in the province and it will displace dancers (leasers and sub-leasers) from several different companies and across all styles of dance. 

-------HISTORICAL DESIGNATION-------

In 2008, Augustine United Church, in which the studio is located, was designated as a Historical Listing. The South Hall interior (where the studio is located) was excluded from the listing of feature characteristics. This means that the studio does not have protection from demolition and significant alteration like the rest of the Church does. A key stakeholder was not consulted in this designation process - the arts community and existing tenants - the very community who are informed about the artistic and cultural heritage of the studio space.

-------CALL TO ACTION-------

CITY OF WINNIPEG Planning, Property & Development Dept, Councillor Sherri Rollins, and MLA Wab Kinew:

Please deny and / or revoke the heritage use permit required to demolish this space. This studio has incredible historical and cultural significance to the arts community locally and Nationally.