As Principal Consultant, Janis Barlow managed this study
under the auspices of N.L. Hushion Associates in 1992-1993 to test needs, market
and viability for a multi-purpose performing arts centre in Windsor, Ontario.
The multi-purpose Arts Centre was expected to serve a diverse, grass-roots and
multicultural audience in an area founded as a French colony, developed as an
industrial centre and home to the North American Black History Museum.
Needs assessment and market analyses established the
potential viability of a performing arts centre in Windsor. Janis Barlow led a
strategic planning process with Steering Committee members to define project
goals, objectives and conditions. Site selection criteria were developed and
prospective sites included two historic theatres, a church, a town hall and a
and Mandel Sprachman Architect evaluated sites, recommended selection of the
historic Capitol Theatre, specified upgrading of life safety, mechanical,
electrical and roofing systems, proposed modest adjustments to the previously
triplexed building, and provided cost estimates. Janis Barlow recommended a
governance structure and provided a business plan designed to obviate the need
for future operating subsidy. Acquisition by the City of Windsor was recommended
and approved. The building was reopened in 1994.
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