Sparling Centre CCRC
Located in Blyth, Ontario, the Grant and Mildred Sparling Centre will be a 33,000 square-foot hub of cultural activity for the region. Home to the Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity (CCRC), the first of its kind in Canada, the centre will bring together artists, entrepreneurs, and innovators to develop their skills in a rural community. Building upon the rich creative history of the Blyth Festival for the performing arts and the strong community spirit of the region, the CCRC is envisioned as a year round arts centre and cultural hub to spark creativity and create a draw to rural communities. It will accommodate many different creative disciplines and programmes including fashion and creative textiles, creative studio spaces for performing arts, a media centre and fabrication lab, a digital library and archive, a multipurpose theatre and event space, a commercial kitchen and café, an art gallery, and integration with outdoor event spaces. The design of the CCRC reinforces a connection to the natural surroundings and community, for visibility and transparency and for an appreciation of the natural environment. Targeting LEED Gold and integrating both the simplest and most advanced sustainable systems and design, the centre will become a model of sustainability for the region and a site of collaboration and inspiration in the region and beyond.