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The Edmonton Galleria Project

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Gathering Place event photo

People we talked last week at our downtown event were very interested in learning more about the project.

Imagine a place in downtown Edmonton where thousands of people come every day to be involved, entertained and engaged. This is the essence of the Edmonton Galleria Project, which is an incredible opportunity to bolster Edmonton’s cultural, academic and downtown vibrancy.

The Edmonton Galleria Project will be built in phases. Phase I will include the University of Alberta’s School of Music & Department of Art and Design, a 200-seat recital hall and a 650-seat proscenium theatre/concert hall. Concept sketches and other details will be released in the near future.


A site plan showing a underground connection from City Hall.
A view of the Galleria Project looking north along 99 Street from Jasper Avenue.
An artist's conception of the inside of the Galleria.
Another concept of what the interior of the Galleria may look like.
An example of a Galleria - the Sony Centre, PotsDamer Platz in Berlin.
Another example of a Galleria - Galleria Vittorio in Milan.

Right Space, Right Opportunity, Right Time

The right space, the right opportunity, at the right time. This is what the Edmonton Galleria Project really means to the Faculty of Arts...a guest blog by UofA Faculty of Arts Dean Dr. Lesley Cormack.

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Community Leadership

The Galleria Cultural Trust is modeled after the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, established in 1984 as a philanthropic trust and seeded by the Heinz family.

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What People Are Saying

Scott McKeen, Edmonton Ward 6 City Councillor, thinks “the Edmonton Galleria Project has the potential to bring more life and colour to the downtown than any project before it, including the arena. It is one of the most audacious, creative developments ever proposed in Edmonton. It’s no wonder, then, it’s inspired both critics and nervous stomachs. This is a bold idea: building several arts venues at once; enticing the University of Alberta downtown; establishing a Cultural Trust to cover operating costs for future generations. Yes, City Council must ensure the project works for taxpayers. But in doing so, we on council must be willing to be bold, too, and help Edmonton reach its dynamic potential.”