Your Pre-eminent Centre for Arts and Culture

The Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre (CDCC) expands the university’s community presence with a beautiful venue in the heart of the city. The performing arts and learning centre includes a 900+ seat main hall, numerous rehearsal rooms, classrooms and meeting spaces, as well as a garden. Individual donors, foundations and corporations have made gifts in support of CDCC.

A gift to the centre is an unparalleled opportunity to support higher education and the greater arts community.

Priority Needs Fund

Gifts to the Priority Needs Fund will support the centre’s immediate needs as well as help us make long-term plans. Examples of projects the fund may support:

  • Building Renovations. Many capital projects underway will revitalize spaces and outfit them with modern equipment, while retaining the building’s historical and heritage characteristics. We recently completed renovations and an extension of the main stage, which is now able to accommodate a full orchestra and choir. There are also ongoing costs associated with the maintenance of the centre’s garden.
  • Student Experience. Students interested in music, drama, public history, architecture and other disciplines will have unique learning opportunities thanks to the CDCC. For example, students in Carleton’s Architectural Conservation and Sustainability program used new laser technology to document the building. The priority needs fund could help support special student internships and research positions at the centre.
  • Instruments. Various large instruments — pianos, a harpsicord and a practice carillon — are finding homes at the centre. Donations help with the continued maintenance of these instruments. There is a special Friends of the Pipe Organ Fund to support the care and preservation of the centre’s 5,200-pipe Casavant.
  • Equipment. There is an immediate need to support students, academics and community organizations during COVID-19 recovery phases when large group gatherings are not permitted. Live streaming and recordings provide a great opportunity to connect with those in isolation in our local community and around the globe. Live streaming will enable Carleton Music students to fulfil their live performance course requirements. And live streaming will help our community users to continue to showcase talent while music festivals and events are cancelled or postponed.