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September Newsletter 2021

Fall 2021 Update

In our last update in February, we thought a corner might be turned this year, but unfortunately, we have not been able to offer performances or Marble Arts Student Theatre classes at the Marble Arts Centre (MAC) in 2021. Art in the Park was cancelled - again! But all was not lost, our friends at Tweed & Company Theatre filmed Kelly Holiff's 'Hot Mess', one of their 'Dark Night Cabaret' shows, at the MAC in August. A small invited audience enjoyed the filming, and the MAC saw its first audiences since December 2019.
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We are excited to partner with Tweed & Co. to present their first outdoor show and second Dark Night Cabaret of the 2021 Season: 'On The Water' featuring Long Range Hustle at Beachwood Hollow Resort. Join us by boat or on the beach on Friday September 24th (Rain Date: Sunday, September 26th) for an incredible night of live music on the water. An opening event for the Tweed Harvest Festival!

Mark your calendars: From October 4th to 9th, Tweed & Co. presents Tales from the Lighted Path: The Black River at O'Hara Mill Homestead and Conservation Area. This will be an intimate and immersive theatrical experience like no other. Step back in time, generation by generation, to discover what truly happened to a drowned woman, a destitute man, and others during a tumultuous spring along the Black River. In this guided theatrical production, you will travel from campfire to campfire, one performer, one version of the story at a time.

$19,800 OTF Grant Gives Tweed & Area Arts Council a Boost

We are pleased to announce that we have received a $19,800 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to develop strategic and marketing plans, and create a new website. The project will be completed by May 2022. "The past 18 months have been hard for arts organizations”, said Vicki McCulloch, Chair of the Tweed & Area Arts Council. "We had to temporarily close the Marble Arts Centre, cancel our 2020 season and put plans for 2021 on hold due to uncertainty. Our events are a major source of revenue, so it has been a real challenge both financially and in terms of community engagement in our programming. This Ontario Trillium Foundation grant will allow us to build upon the momentum we had achieved prior to the pandemic, planning for the future, and strengthening our ability to reach our
audiences and serve our community better as things return to 'normal'. The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada's leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $115 million to 644 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario. For more information on the OTF, see Ontario Trillium Foundation.
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2021 AGM

Our 2021 Annual General Meeting will be held on October 25, 2021 via Zoom. Information was emailed to members on September 23!

Memberships and Donations

While we continue to review the arts-related funding programs that have been announced for COVID-19 relief, 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 significantly diminished revenue since March 2020. We have submitted proposals under various programs and to foundations to help offset costs of some proposed improvements to the MAC. In the meantime, your memberships and donations continue to be very important to help us get through this ongoing 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!

2021/2022 membership information is available at www.tweedartscouncil.ca.

In Case You Missed It

A 'Road Trips in Hastings County' video featuring the MAC is one of a series by YourTV Quinte and the Hastings County Historical Society was filmed in summer 2020, and is now available on YouTube.The series includes several different Tweed locations, as well as other regional communities. Check it out at https://youtu.be/Oq8XQZouO8c
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T&AAC Board Members

Current Board members are: Vicki McCulloch, Chair; Roely DeVries, Vice-Chair; Bob Giguere, Secretary-Treasurer; Margot Collins, Director; Don DeGenova, Director; Bonnie Marentette, Director. We are seeking one or more additional Board members to add to the team; let us know if you are interested!

Thank You - And Here’s to 2022!

We look forward to seeing you all 'on the other side'. We are thankful to our members, and the generous volunteers, supporters, and donors who have made it possible to keep the MAC and the Arts Council operational these past 19 months and going forward into the next year.

The 10th anniversary of the opening of the MAC was in June 2021 - we hope to have a belated celebration next year! Art in the Park and our fish fry are scheduled for July 30. We know everyone is so looking forward to live theatre, classes, and music in an in-person format at the MAC - we can not wait! 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!

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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