The Pacific Maritime Centre is a mixed-use development incorporating an office component, a performing arts space, a conference space, a purpose-built exhibition space for the Maritime Museum of British Columbia, and an observation deck along the 700-block of McCallum Road in the City of Langford on Victoria's West Shore.
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...the Maritime Museum of BC will be in direct competition with the Vancouver Maritime Museum for any Provincial and Federal funding...
This is just what you have to expect when you're the redheaded stepchild of public funding.
This was a ridiculous idea to begin with ... a museum connected to a 1200 seat theatre, neither of the two having a penny to rub between them.
This was the plan for the "arts centre" in Langford going down the tubes, and the next one to go down the drain will be the same basic concept recently announced in Colwood.
Doing a nice painting up of an "arts centre", and hoping some level of government is going to just give any of the Western Communities 40 to 80m million dollars to build it is a pipe dream ... it's a very common pipe dream, but it's a pipe dream nonetheless.
Arts Centres are conceived and built by professionals in the arts community, people who actually know what they're doing, have funding sources lined up prior to announcing anything, and (most importantly) have a 20-30 year business plan that describes in detail how this Arts Centre is going to sustain itself without becoming a massive burden on the taxpayer.
The Langford proposal had no acceptable business plan in place ... and the reason the Colwood Arts Centre is next for the chopping block is because they too have failed to demonstrate anything even close to a workable business plan.
Wikipedia's definition of a cargo cult is a fairly decent match for the Maritime Museum's approach to finding a new space:
A cargo cult is a millenarian belief system in which adherents perform rituals which they believe will cause a more technologically advanced society to deliver goods.
When they got kicked out of the courthouse, I recall they were talking about some agreement from the seventies that required either the province or the city or somebody to provide them with a new space. No one could find it though, so that went nowhere. Then they were going to move into the ground floor of the Steamship Terminal, and it sounded like almost a done deal until it wasn't. Then years of nothing, and then a proposal to move to Langford that was so bizarre it reminded everyone of a different Simpsons episode. Mine was the one where Flanders' neighbours get together to build him a house, and the proportions turned out all weird.
It's a shame, because they really do have a good collection.
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