The Pumphouse Arts Centre has begun its biggest renovation project in 25 years to provide improved accessibility and enhanced art programs for a wider and more diverse audience.
The $143,500 grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation made the renovation project possible, marketing co-ordinator Cheryl Morris said.
The centre closed this week for construction and is expected to remain closed until completion in March.
And though the art hub will remain out of commission for a couple months, some art programs and classes will be available at the old NOTL Hospital at 176 Wellington St. in the meantime.
The capital grant from the foundation will fund building improvements, such as a new HVAC system as well as automatic door upgrades for more accessibility and new floors, cabinets and improved studios spaces throughout the building.
Improved accessibility was a driving factor in seeking out the grant, Morris said.
The Pumphouse plans to offer a wider spectrum of programming in the new year, and this renovation will ensure people of all ages and physical conditions can participate, a media release from the Pumphouse said.