In the fall of 2006 the Allied Arts Council (AAC) established a Facilities Steering Committee to work with the City of Lethbridge in an assessment of our arts facilities. In the spring of 2007 the AAC Facilities Steering Committee initiated the Arts Re:Building Together Campaign, a grass roots campaign initiative to raise awareness and support for improving arts facilities in Lethbridge. The campaign identified three arts buildings: the Yates Memorial Centre, the Bowman Arts Centre and the Southern Alberta Art Gallery as cornerstone facilities in our community requiring care and attention.

The campaign was highly successful and on July 14, 2007 the Finance Committee of City Council approved four arts capital projects for inclusion in the City’s Ten Year Capital Plan.