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February Newsletter 2021

So Grateful, As We Start 2021!

The Tweed & Area Arts Council (T&AAC) reached out to our community in early December with an appeal for donations and renewed memberships… after a year of 'no events, no rentals', we were concerned about being able to pay the bills at the Marble Arts Centre (MAC), with no end to restrictions and lockdowns in sight. You responded generously, with both new and renewed memberships, and donations too. Thanks to the Municipality of Tweed's Joint Marketing Initiative for their support in getting the word out, and to the Kiwanis Club of Tweed for their December donation.

Then in mid-December, Don DeGenova and Dr. Charles Mustard announced that their annual Christmas fund-raiser would benefit both the T&AAC and Tweed & Company Theatre. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the event would not be the usual packed, festive party at their home. Don and Chuck covered the costs of the on-line show, which ran on-line between Dec. 23 and New Years day. Tim Porter and crew gathered together a slew of favourite Tweed & Company performers past, present and future to create a magical musical extravaganza with a true local flavour for all to enjoy.
T&CT xmas poster
21 fund raising poster
The show was available at no charge, enjoyed by over 1,000 viewers; those that could were asked to consider making a donation. Over $8000 was raised for Tweed & Company Theatre, and $7100 for the T&AAC, for a grand total of over $15,100.00. It was their second biggest fundraiser ever!

We are so grateful to Don and Chuck, Tweed & Co., the performers and all the donors who made this Christmas fund-raiser such a success! We have more financial security after a rough year in 2020 and more uncertainty for 2021. Thank you all so very much for your support!

What Will This Year Bring?

2020 was quite a year. That said, we plan to be up and running in some form later in 2021, and that will require creativity and a temporary shift from our conventional business model. We are considering some outdoor options, and the possibility of some performances at the MAC with very limited or no audiences - possibly live-streamed or posted to YouTube. We have rescheduled some 2020 events, but will re-assess the overall situation in the coming months.
The 10th anniversary celebration of the opening of the MAC is in June 2021, Art in the Park and our fish fry are still scheduled for July 31, and we have the Pavilion booked for an August concert with Andy Forgie and Big Black Smoke ('fingers crossed'). If you have any ideas you'd like to share, or have some skills that may help us move to a more virtual environment, we'd be happy to hear them. We know everyone is so looking forward to live theatre and music in an in-person format - we can not wait!
andy forgie band

Thank you to our 2019 Volunteers

With no programming in 2020 (for obvious reasons) we wanted to look back and give a shout out to all of the volunteers who helped at events and behind the scenes. From April 6 to December 7, 2019, volunteers helped to power 28 events: manning the door, selling 50/50 tickets, serving at the bar, set-up and clean-up, serving food at events such as the annual Fish Fry Fundraiser. Along with plowing and tidying up around the Marble Arts Centre this constituted approximately 700 hours of volunteer service. For this, we are most grateful - we could not do it without you. So here's the list of those wonderful folks, in no particular order: Ann Bowry, Todd and Tammy Meeks, Vickie Davison, Linda York, Dave Pigden, Shirley Ivison, Tristan Lindsay, Jim Pedersen, Carole Herbertson, Derek Lucas, Shannon Binder, Sandra Pettit, Rob McMillan, Dmitri Milinkovich, Brooklyn Hector, Hayden and Hunter Sheridan, Anna Skyba, Mark and Jane Foster, Tristan Lindsay and the team at Heart of Hastings Hospice ('Music with a Heart' series), and the 'Art in the Park' crew: Audrey Ross, Suzanne Cavers, Kathryn Primrose, Maril Swan , Ethan Luffman, Riley Gordon and the Foundations Youth Centre. Brandon Hartwig and his crew at Worry Free Lawn Care and Maintenance have assisted with grass cutting and brush clearing. Apologies if we've missed anyone! In addition, all Board members have also been active in supporting the events and activities at the MAC.

Okay, 700 hours sounds like a lot! There are many opportunities for volunteering, but there is no expectation of putting in too much time. Even an hour to deliver flyers is a big help. If you have an interest or a skill your talents would be appreciated. A few ideas: graphic design, social media/advertising, audio-visual or computer skills, landscaping, photographing events, the sky's the limit. Let us know if you would like to help!

Memberships and Donations

We continue to review the arts-related funding programs that have been announced for COVID-19 relief. However, they primarily focus on arts organizations with paid staff, facility rental costs, or planning for the future, rather than ongoing operations/maintenance costs (heat, electricity, insurance, etc.) that we incur regardless of our basically non-existent revenue this year. That is why your memberships and donations continue to be important to help us get through this period of uncertainty.

We are a charitable, not-for-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. Established in 2006, membership is open to all who wish to join. T&AAC was founded on the belief that the arts are for everyone, and our vision is to enrich the cultural life of the community by promoting awareness of and appreciation for all of the arts. Charitable tax receipts are issued for memberships and donations. Donations over $50 also receive a complimentary membership. Donations can be mailed to the address below; you can also conveniently donate on-line at www.canadahelps.ca and receive your receipt within moments!

2021 membership information is available at www.tweedartscouncil.ca .

Thank You - And Here's to 2021!

We look forward to seeing you all 'on the other side'. In the meantime, let's all continue to do our part to support our local businesses and organizations, virtual or outdoor performances, and doing your art at home with friends and family. Stay safe and healthy!

To learn more about what we do, check out our website, Facebook or Instagram!

Tweed and Area Arts Council, PO Box 359, Tweed, ON K0K 3J0
* Tweed & Area Arts Council * www.tweedartscouncil.ca * 613.478.1343

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