Centre For Film, Digital Media & The Creative Arts Planned For Soon To Be Former Downtown Mission Building

Thursday June 17th, 2021

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The Windsor Centre for Film, Digital Media & the Creative Arts has taken possession of the current Downtown Mission building a 664 Victoria Avenue with plans to retrofit the building into a non-profit Media Arts Community Centre.

Once renovated, the building will feature gathering spaces, classrooms, production studios, affordable rental equipment, and state-of-the-art technology.

“We have wanted this space for quite a while. Besides being a well-built facility, it is fully accessible and has great parking, an acoustically sound auditorium, and land to expand. It is also close to the St. Clair College MediaPlex and the University of Windsor’s Department of Communications, Media and Film, and to WIFF,” said Amanda Gellman, President, Windsor Centre for Film, Digital Media & the Creative Arts. “We could not be happier that our federal and provincial governments are contributing substantially to the renovations of Phase One. MACC will be a game-changer for many emerging young filmmakers as well as second career and retired digital artists.”

The Government of Canada is investing over $1.1 million towards the project through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Plan. The Government of Ontario is providing over $980,000 and the Windsor Centre for Film, Digital Media and the Creative Arts is contributing more than $790,000 to the project.

A team of volunteers is fundraising for building renovations, equipment, bursaries, and an endowment. Building and naming rights will be presented to sponsors and donors through the WE GROW TALENT campaign. Information is available for download at windsorfilmmaking.com.

The Downtown Mission is currently working on approvals and plans for a new home. In the meantime, the administrative offices have already begun relocating to a temporary location at 850 Ouellette. Dining Services and Day Programming will continue in the basement of 664 Victoria Avenue until their new home is ready. Programming at 875 Ouellette Avenue and 1247 Wyandotte Street East will continue as usual.

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