Dr. Vernon L. Watson Allied Arts Centre
Tourism Region: Parkland
The Arts Centre is a Provincially and Municipally Designated Heritage Site managed by the Dauphin and District Allied Arts Council. Built in 1905, it originally housed the Town Hall, Fire Hall, Police Station, and a public auditorium. Currently it has an on-site gallery, a public auditorium with flexible seating for up to 350, several meeting rooms, art room, and pottery studio.
About the Collections
Small collection of local artwork.
Approximate number of objects in the collections: 25
Ceramics, Porcelain or Pottery •
Displays several local and provincial art exhibits during the year.
Contemporary • Modern
Other Period: Late 20th Century
Painting • Prints and Drawings • Sculpture
Services & Activities
Several rooms available for Rent for meetings, classes etc. Auditorium available for receptions, concerts, meetings. Kitchen available for caterers.
A wide variety of Arts Programs for all ages. Also try to set up school workshops in arts and music to accompany concerts at the centre.
Classes or Workshops
: Age 0-4 (Pre-School)
: Age 5-11 (k-6)
: Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP)
: Age 18 and up (Post-Secondary)
Children's Activities or Services
: Nursing area or Change Table
Information Centre or Desk
Meeting Room Rental
Special Needs Facilities
: Wheelchair access
Other: In the process of developing an art rental program.
Other Guided Tours: Complete tour of this Historic Building, detailing some of the architectual and historic features as well as information regarding the historical uses of the building.
Volunteer Services Available •
Volunteer Training Offered
Number of Volunteers: 35
Activities: Fundraising, board/committee work, ticket taking, ushers, food service, tours, mailouts
Newsletter, 20% off of concerts and workshops/classes;
corporate/affiliate - special rental rates
Snack Bar or Vending Machines •
Catering Services •
Local Tourism Links
Publications and Products
Manitoba Arts Network Cookbooks available by Fall of 1998.
Annual Reports •
Other: Artist notecards of the building done by local artist Marilyn Park
Notecards of other local artists
104- 1st Avenue N.W.
Hours of Operation
April - Dauphin Festival of the Arts Competition
July & August - Summer Childrens Art Classes
November - Annual Christmas Craft Sale
Open: Administration & Gallery: Monday - Friday 12:00-05:00 p.m.
During events: closing half an hour after event
Closed on Statutory holidays unless a special event is occuring
Donation container in Gallery