Follow the links below for descriptions of a selection of major projects that have been sucessfully implemented on the basis of our plans.
Africville Museum, Halifax, NS
Feasibility Study/Business Plan, Organizational Development, Project Management
Africville was a small community formed by Black veterans of the War of 1812 on the outskirts of Halifax. In the 1960s, ostensibly in the name of urban regeneration, the residents of Africville were relocated and their community demolished. The loss of their homes and the resulting destruction of the community’s social network led to considerable economic and social hardship among former residents and their descendants. Former residents fought for years to have a replica of the Seaview Baptist Church, once the heart of Africville, built to serve as a museum and memorial to the community. A.L Arbic Consulting led a multi-disciplinary team of specialists that was responsible for planning all aspects of the museum, from start to finish. A. L. Arbic’s team prepared the initial feasibility study for the project, then was contracted to do interpretive planning, exhibition design, architectural design, organizational development of the Museum’s governing authority, the Africville Heritage Trust, as well as preparation of a five-year business plan for the museum’s operations. Andrea Arbic was subsequently contracted to oversee implementation of the project through to opening day.
Joggins Fossil Centre, Joggins, NS
The fossil cliffs of Joggins are a world-class paleontological site, providing an unrivaled fossil record of terrestrial life approximately 300 million years ago. As part of the process to have Joggins designated a World Heritage Site, the Cumberland Economic Development Agency (CREDA), along with federal and provincial governments, commissioned a multidisciplinary team of consultants to develop plans for an exciting new interpretive centre that would tell the story of the Joggins fossil cliffs. A.L. Arbic Consulting and Genesis Consulting developed the business plan for the centre, which formed part of the successful application to have Joggins named a World Heritage Site. The 13,000 sf $6 Million centre opened to rave reviews in 2008.
Moncton Transportation Discovery Centre, Moncton, NB
Concept Plan and Business Plan
The Moncton Transportation Discovery Centre will be dedicated to interpreting the importance of the transportation sector to the City of Moncton and Moncton’s key role as a transportation hub for Atlantic Canada. A.L. Arbic Consulting and LORD Cultural Resources were responsible for the development of concept and business plans for the Discovery Centre, which served as the basis for a successful public and private sector fundraising campaign. The $9.2 million, 31,000 sf. addition to the Moncton Museum will feature new exhibition galleries, an interactive exhibit on all modes of transportation, an education center, a gift shop, café, and an interior public plaza. The new complex, to be known as Resurgo Place, is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2013.
Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre, Windsor, NS
Following its purchase of a former movie theatre in downtown Windsor, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia selected the team of A.L. Arbic Consulting and Genesis Consulting to prepare the business plan to guide the long-term operation of the theatre as a rehearsal and performance venue for Mermaid, as well as touring and community groups. Our business plan formed an integral part of Mermaid’s successful applications to provincial and federal agencies for capital and operating funds. Five years after completion of our work, the Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre welcomed its first audience. Since that time IMPAC has become a busy venue for Mermaid and community performances.
Centre des arts et de la culture de Dieppe, Dieppe, NB
A. L. Arbic Consulting led a multidisciplinary team of consultants who developed a comprehensive plan for converting the former Dieppe City Hall into a new centre for arts and culture. Based on a thorough assessment of the needs of the local arts community, as well as market demand for arts programming, our team developed an exciting concept for a dynamic centre that combines performance, rehearsal, studio, teaching, meeting and rental facilities. On the basis of our plan, federal, provincial and municipal governments committed a total a $2.5 in funding for the project. The centre opened successfully in 2011 and has quickly become a cultural and community focal point for the City of Dieppe.
Black Loyalist Heritage Centre, Birchtown, NS
The sacrifice of the British Empire Loyalists (Loyalists) and their contribution to the development of Nova Scotia and other parts of Canada have long been recognized. What is less well known is that a significant proportion of Loyalists were Black. Of the 30,000 Loyalists who came to Nova Scotia following the American Revolution, roughly 3,500 were of African descent. A large group of these Black Loyalists established the community of Birchtown, on the shores of Shelburne Harbour in 1783. As a result, Birchtown had the distinction of being the largest community of freed Blacks outside of Africa in the late 18th Century. It was the centre of the Black Loyalist experience and its founding represented a turning point in the history of persons of African descent in Canada.
In 2010, the Black Loyalist Heritage Society selected the team of A. L. Arbic Consulting and Genesis consulting to update an earlier business plan for the creation of an interpretive centre dedicated to telling the story of this historic community. Our business plan served as the basis for a successful fundraising campaign. The new Black Loyalist Heritage Centre is under construction and is scheduled to open in November, 2014.
Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, Canning, NS
The team of A.L. Arbic Consulting and LORD Cultural Resources was selected to assess the feasibility of plans to develop a unique new centre for artistic creation and education on a 180-acre site in the Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. Our team worked closely with the Centre’s planning team to refine the concept for the centre, prepare detailed operations plans, identify the types and sizes of required facilities and prepare financial projections for the project. Ross Centre for the Arts officially opened in 2006 on the basis of this plan. The Centre boasts performance and studio spaces, an art gallery, meeting spaces and camp/retreat accommodations. Over the course of the past seven years, Ross Creek has become an important center for arts education, development and presentation.