SOPAC receives full support from CIty of Penticton staff and Council to host The Symposium, the first of five (5) phases. Phase 1 is the Discovery Phase with the goal to find the best expression of vision, related to Design, Programming, Managing and Funding.
A New Kind of Performing Arts Centre - A revised proposal was proposed to Council, but again it was referred back to Staff.
A New Kind of Performing Arts Centre - Representatives of the SOPAC Board of Directors presented a proposal to Council in October 2016. Council referred the matter to City Staff for further information.
South Okanagan Performing Arts Centre Society became the name of the organization formerly named Penticton and District Performing Arts Facilities Society (PSPAFS) which is referenced below. (see 1995)
In June 2011, two signs were erected at the Nanaimo & Ellis location topublicaly announce and identify the proposed site of the South Okanagan Performing Arts Centre. All of the design concepts and renderings depicted on this website were tailored to this strategic location in the downtown core of the City of Penticton.
On hand to witness and celebrate this event were: (see top photo on left - from left to right)
Donna Schellenberg and Anne Rabbitte, both longtime supporters of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra; Don Grant, Past President of the PDPAFS*; Barb Haynes, Executive Director of the Downtown Penticton Association; Councillor Judy Sentes, Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee, City of Penticton; and Irwin Hoben, President of Community Concerts.
A needs assessment performed by Yates, Thom & Associates in 2005 clearly established that there is a need for such a facility to serve not just Penticton but the South Okanagan area in general. Following this needs assessment, Proscenium Architecture + Interiors Inc., in conjunction with Meiklejohn Architecture Inc. were contracted to conduct a comprehensive conceptual planning and feasibility study.
Since its inception in 1995, PDPAFS* has been a major active force in the maintenance and improvement of Pentictons auditoriums. PDPAFS* has developed and financed these improvements through the pursuance of grants, donations from legacies, the Penticton Foundation, performing arts groups, and with fundraising projects and the strong support of over 600 members.
PDPAFS* has been represented on the City of Penticton Cultural Policy Implementation Committee and several community performing arts groups. It has been a source of information on matters conerning performing arts facilities to City Council as well as the Citys Parks and Recreation and Cultural Department.
*South Okanagan Performing Arts Centre Society became the name, effective January 2012, of the organization formerly named Penticton and District Performing Arts Facilities Society (PSPAFS) which is referenced above.
Since 1994, several studies have been commissed to provide professional guidance in creating the best possible performing arts facility for this community.