“Brock University has again ignored the recommendations of their own expert consultants as well as the wishes of the community and announced yet another poorly-conceived plan that threatens the future existence of Rodman Hall Art Centre.” – from a petition drafted by Liz Hayden and otherNiagara citizens concerned about the future of one of the region’s iconic heritage sites, Rodman Hall in St. Catharines, Ontario
Posted April 24th, 2019 on Niagara At Large
Rodman Hall Art Centre was created by and for the residents of the city and region in order to preserve this unique historical site, provide professional art experiences to the community and maintain the public Carolinian gardens overlooking Twelve Mile Creek and the downtown.
Brock University acquired the property from the community in 2003 for $2 and agreed to operate the art museum for a period of 20 years.
The University has again ignored the recommendations of their own expert consultants as well as the wishes of the community and announced yet another poorly-conceived plan that threatens the future existence of Rodman Hall Art Centre and contravenes the terms of the 2003 agreement.
We ask that the trustees of the University reconsider this ill-advised course of action. There is no acceptable option in which these lands and buildings are privatized and inaccessible to the public for their use, enjoyment and edification.
We further ask that Brock University honour the spirit of the agreement they made with the people of this city to maintain and operate the Rodman Hall Arts Centre as a public resource.
To sign petition, click on – https://www.change.org/p/brock-university-board-of-trustees-save-rodman-hall
St. Catharines City Council gets Informed and Architecture of FEAR
From Liz Hayden, St. Catharines, Canada, APR 23, 2019 —
Staff Report on Rodman Hall to go before St. Catharines City Council on Monday, April 29
As a result of Councillor Garcia’s motion, city staff have prepared a report on Rodman Hall to be presented to city council next Monday April 29. Also at that time, concerned parties will be addressing council for 5 minutes each.
Everyone is welcome to attend this public council meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. Monday April 29 at St. Catharines City Hall, 3rd floor. City council meetings are also streamed live here.
You can read the staff report here: Information Request; Re: Brock University Rodman Hall Arts Centre
Architecture of Fear: Spin and Silence
The Sound STC brings it up to speed again with another article/opinion piece by Bart Gazzola. Read it here.
To read a recent news release Brock University circulated on its plans for Rodman Hall that was posted on Niagara At Large earlier this spring, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2019/04/04/brock-university-proposal-sees-a-new-era-for-the-arts-in-downtown-st-catharines/ .
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