Edge Arts Studio & Gallery
In the early 2000’s, the Township of Nipigon became owners of the vacant buildings. In 2015, it was recognized by council and the economic department that more community development was required around arts and culture.
In 2017, the Economic Development Committee recommended that the old store fronts be replaced with colourful, siding facades to improve their curbside appeal. Also that year, with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Township developed a Superior North Youth Arts & Culture Strategy that identified the absence of a dedicated, adequate arts space as a major gap in the region.
In 2018 the Township accessed another Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to renovate the interiors of the three Front St. buildings. That November began the transformation of the buildings into a single, accessible space for arts and culture programs and events. Due to the advanced age of the buildings and their separation, the renovation was a challenging one. Contractor Jordan Aubut and Councillor James Foulds worked long hours to have the building ready for its May 2019 grand opening.
Today, Edge Arts is now available for programming, meetings, training, and conferences. This is an accessible facility, with a full kitchen.
The facility is overseen by the volunteer based Edge Arts Steering Committee. The committee uses the Edge Arts Studio & Gallery Business Plan, approved by Town Council July 16th, 2019, as a guiding document for planning and programming.
To learn more, visit the Edge Arts Studio & Gallery webpage.