Working closely with the City of Weyburn and a local arts organization and following on from the initial community consultations held by the SAA in Weyburn, the research team is studying the impact of a new Recreation and Cultural Centre devoted to sport, culture and recreation, with significant educational significance as well. A “before survey” attempting to understand the current role of the arts and cultural spaces in the community and generally understand the quality of life being experienced by residents was completed in 2021, and a follow-up survey will be done after the building has been opened and in use for a period of time. The overall research questions in this study are:
- What effect can a new shared facility have on connections between the sectors it brings together—in this case, sport, culture, recreation and education?
- What is the overall impact of this multi-use cultural facility on community cohesion and quality of life in this mid-sized Saskatchewan city?