Indian Head Theatre & Community Arts

Indian Head Theatre & Community Arts and RMIS Engineering Partnership

The small rural community of Indian Head with a population of less than 2,000 has come together to revitalize their local opera house. The historic site was built in 1904 and has been a staple in the community for over 100 years. Indian Head Theatre & Community Arts Inc., an organization comprised of united community members, purchased the historic Indian Head Opera House in February 2014 in an attempt to restore the building to the catalyst it once was. To more accurately represent the role it aims to serve in the community, the building was renamed “The Grand Theatre”.

Upon acquiring the property, the organization recognized the building required significant structural repairs to the original roof system as part of the restoration. As such, the board of directors approached a local resident who works for RMIS Engineering to ask for engineering advice. Shortly after that conversation, RMIS selected Indian Head Theatre & Community Arts Inc. as their charity of choice and became one of their first donors.

Indian Head Theatre & Community Arts Inc. later participated in the artsvest sponsorship program for two cycles raising over $75,000 through community partners. The artsvest program helped both organizations recognize the value in sponsorship, leading RMIS’s transition to their current sponsorship role and provided a range of new benefits for both partners.

Through their partnership, both organizations were able to better serve their communities, develop a friendship, and most importantly were able to save one of the oldest theatres in Canada.