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The Windsor Center for Film, Digital Media & the Creative Arts has taken possession of the current Downtown Mission building at 664 Victoria Avenue and plans to turn the building into a non-profit media arts community center.
Once renovated, the building will include gathering spaces, classrooms, production studios, affordable rental equipment and state-of-the-art technology.
“We have wanted this space for a long time. As well as being a well-built facility, it is fully accessible and has ample parking, an acoustic auditorium and land to expand. It is also close to St. Clair College MediaPlex and the University of Windsor’s Department of Communications, Media and Film, as well as WIFF,” said Amanda Gellman, President of the Windsor Center for Film, Digital Media & the Creative Arts. “We couldn’t be happier that our federal and provincial governments are contributing substantially to the phase one renovations. MACC will be a game-changer for many young, up-and-coming filmmakers as well as second-career and retired digital artists.
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The Government of Canada is investing more than $1.1 million in the project under the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Ontario government is providing over $980,000 and the Windsor Center for Film, Digital Media and the Creative Arts is contributing over $790,000 to the project.
A team of volunteers raise funds for building renovations, equipment, scholarships and an endowment. Building and naming rights will be presented to sponsors and donors as part of the WE GROW TALENT campaign. Information can be downloaded from 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 to move to a temporary location at 850 Ouellette. Food services and daytime programming will continue in the basement at 664 Victoria Avenue until their new home is ready. Programming at 875 Ouellette Avenue and 1247 Wyandotte Street East will continue as normal.