Many local community groups have come together to support the creation of a Merrickville Centre for Arts and Culture (MCAC) in the Merrickville United Church.

The idea was hatched as a result of the church reaching out at the end of last year to ask for partners in the community to help it remain sustainable short and long term. In an informal discussion held on January 3, 2018 with a number of individuals and organizational representatives about the creation of the MCAC, the idea received overwhelming support. In a letter to Matt Gallinger and the Merrickville United Church Council from the Village of Merrickville Wolford, Merrickville Artist’s Guild, Merrickville & District Historical Society, Theatre Night in Merrickville, Merrickville Lions Club, Merrickville & District Community Health Centre, Merrickville & District Chamber of Commerce, Merrickville Jazz Festival, and Merrickville Children and Adult Choirs, all showed their support for the project.

Although the idea is still in its infancy, there has already been a generous offer from the Canadian Tulip Legacy foundation to help offset the church’s operational costs. This will help the MCAC with initiating a number of revenue-generating activities, which will be offset by federal, provincial and private grant applications. A business and operational plan will be developed, and an Advisory Committee will be created to guide the activities and goals of the MCAC.

All parties who signed the letter agree that the creation of the MCAC will be extremely positive for the community of Merrickville-Wolford. They believe it will attract more visitors to the area and enhance the cultural and artistic experiences of visitors and residents. “We believe that the groups represented indicate broad community support for this initiative,” the letter states. “We would also like to thank the Merrickville United Church for recognizing the importance of your building in the community and in reaching out to us in seeking a partnership to support it’s use in a sustainable manner.”

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