Arts organizations may be unified 

Consultant suggests MY Millennium Place mandate should be narrowed

The Whistler Arts Council and the MY Millennium Place Society may merge into a single, all-encompassing group.

That was the recommendation by a consultant who reviewed the two organizations and MY Millennium Place.

The specialist with Profession Environmental Recreation Consultants (PERC) also suggested that the mandate of MY Place should be narrowed to “the cultural centre of the community.” And he suggested that the Youth Centre and Teddy Bear Day Care should be moved elsewhere.

Council received the report on Tuesday evening and raised several concerns with the six recommendations.

“I saw it as something we didn’t necessarily have to accept,” said Councillor Tom Thomson, who is council representative to the Whistler Arts Council and Millennium Place Society, to the other five councillors and the mayor.

“It was his (the consultant’s) vision of what he saw as the best use for the facility we had and the organizations we have.”

The lawmakers will discuss the future of Whistler’s arts scene in more detail after a steering committee, made up of representatives from WAC, MYMPS and the RMOW, examines the report.

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