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CASA (Community Arts Centre)

​Current Status Complete
​Timeline ​Design: May 2010 - Jan 2011, Tender Feb 2011, Construction: May 2011 - May 2013
​Location ​3rd Avenue & 8th Street South



The new Community Arts Centre will be approximately 4,125 sq. m. This will create functional programming space in support of Community Arts Education. The facility is intended to serve as a gathering place for the Arts Community in Lethbridge and an exciting and valued presence for the University Of Lethbridge (U of L) Conservatory Of Music in the downtown core.


May 14, 2013 - Gr​and Opening of the new facility was May, 14, 2013.
February 4, 2013 - The new home for arts in Lethbridge officially has a name. City Council has approved a recommendation that the new downtown community arts centre be named CASA, based on the Latin term for home. CASA is the new home not only for users of the Bowman Arts Centre but also for a diverse mix of other visual and performing artists throughout our community. It will be a place where all members of our arts community can call home, regardless of their age, skill level or arts discipline.


At present Community Arts programs are held at the Bowman Arts Centre. This facility is no longer large enough to accommodate the various programs offered, and requires significant investments to improve its condition.  As a result the construction of a new Community Arts Centre was approved in the 2011 – 2020 CIP. A functional program was developed for the Community Arts Centre and the former IGA store site on 3rd Avenue South between 7th and 8th Street was chosen, as the user groups had expressed a strong desire to stay in the downtown.  The University of Lethbridge Conservatory was added as a user group during the schematic design and programming.  Ferrari Westwood Babits Architects in association with Pendergast Nyhoff Architecture were retained to complete the detailed design and provide tendering and construction services for this project.  The project has been tendered and Dawson Wallace Construction has been hired as the Prime Contractor.



The new facility will accommodate; Exhibition gallery and prep space, 2D and 3D Classrooms and Studios, Kiln Room, 3D Tech Room and Woodworking Workshop, Textile Studio, Dance Studio, Music Theatre and Music Rehearsal Studio, Dressing Rooms, Meeting Rooms, Administration Space, Multipurpose Rehearsal Space, University of Lethbridge Conservatory Music Classroom and University of Lethbridge Conservatory Music Practice Rooms.

The Centre is envisioned to function seven days a week, year round with programs occurring during the day, in the evenings, and on weekends. 
The design will include environmentally sustainable building features where feasible.


Construction of a new Community Arts Centre will replace the existing Bowman Arts Centre and include the University of Lethbridge Conservatory offering musical instruction to a variety of Southern Alberta residents from kindergarten to senior citizens.





​Source ​Amount
​City of Lethbridge ​$200,000
​Grant - MSI (Municipal Sustainability Initiative) ​$14,530,000
​Grant - BCF (Building Canada Fund) ​$6,000,000
​Total ​$20,730,000.00​


Contact Information

Project Manager:
Patrick Spanos, B. Mgt., P.L.(Eng)
Building Project Manager
City of Lethbridge 

Ferrari Westwood Babits Architects
Lethbridge, AB

Pendergast Nyhoff Collaborative Architecture
Calgary, AB

Building Tenant
Suzanne Lint
Executive Director, Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge 

Building Tenant
Claire Hatton
Education & Facility Manager, Bowman Arts Centre 

Building Tenant
Margaret Mezei, M. Mus.
Director, Conservatory of Music, University of Lethbridge 

Community Arts Steering Committee
Kim Siever, Steering Committee Chair