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 developed to spark creativity and create a draw for the wider region. It will accommodate many different creative disciplines and programmes including fashion and creative textiles, a media centre and fabrication lab, a digital library and archive, studio spaces for performing arts, a multipurpose theatre and event space, a commercial kitchen and café, an art gallery, and integration with outdoor event spaces and a community garden.
The design of the CCRC reinforces a connection to its natural surroundings and community, for openness and transparency and for an appreciation of the rural 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 and a site of collaboration and inspiration for the region and beyond.