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Down the Street

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Matt and Sheldon are enjoying Island Chocolate’s famous deck, down the street from the Victoria Theatre, this morning. This beloved shop opened today for the season with plans in place for physical distancing.

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Art Gallery Opens

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The team at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) is ready to welcome patrons once again. The Gallery has reopened its doors today, with six exhibitions to explore, including new work from Sandi Hartling.

Confederation Centre of the Arts has reopened its doors last week, with The Showcase, The Story of Confederation, and now the Gallery all operating with new protocols in place.
“We are very excited to welcome Islanders back to the CCAG,” remarks Kevin Rice, gallery director. “A lot of our patrons have been missing the Gallery and we are looking forward to seeing old friends again. However, this summer is also a great opportunity for new visitors to experience our programming. Many people’s schedules have changed, or students find themselves home on the Island for extended stays, so we welcome everyone to come and explore the impressive range of Canadian art on offer.”
There is a limit of 15 people allowed in the Gallery at a time, and patrons should have no difficulty moving through the large gallery spaces while maintaining social distancing. Recommended routes are illustrated on floor plans of each gallery and extra staff are on hand to welcome visitors and answer questions about summer exhibitions or new guidelines. Click here<https://confederationcentre.com/gallery-reopening/> for detailed information on new health and safety protocols at the Centre.
The Gallery will be open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all summer. Admission is by donation.
Several exhibitions that opened just weeks before the Gallery closed down due to the pandemic have been extended into this summer. These include two shows drawn from the permanent collection: Spheres, Skulls, and Other Icons of the Interior<https://confederationcentre.com/exhibitions/spheres-skulls-and-other-icons-of-the-interior/> and Setting the Table: Still-Life and its After Effects<https://confederationcentre.com/exhibitions/setting-the-table-still-life-and-its-after-effects/>; as well as the touring exhibition, Victor Cicanksy: The Gardener’s Universe<https://confederationcentre.com/exhibitions/victor-cicansky-the-gardeners-universe/>.
This career retrospective features selections from the Regina artist’s body of work, including surrealist pieces, early experimental Funk sculptures, and bronze bonsai trees. Cicansky’s art work reflects his knowledge of his Romanian-Canadian roots, his early exposure to gardening, and a more contemporary interest in sustainability.
Also recently installed in the Gallery’s glass entranceway is a series of glowing LED works from Sandi Hartling. Entitled anything at all<https://confederationcentre.com/exhibitions/sandi-hartling-anything-at-all/>, the directness and immediacy of the three bright and colourful signs contrasts with the ambiguity of their text-based messages, in what the artist describes as an ongoing “inquiry regarding sense perception and its role in knowledge acquisition.”
This season’s exhibition schedule can be viewed in full on the website<https://confederationcentre.com/gallery-exhibitions/>.

-SUPPORTING THE CENTRE-

Have you heard about ‘The Great Canadian Giving Challenge’? Confederation Centre relies on community support to deliver its arts education and heritage offerings and develop bold new programs. The Centre is a registered charity organization and is participating in The Great Canadian Giving Challenge throughout the month of June. Every dollar you donate during this time qualifies Confederation Centre of the Arts for a chance to win $20,000. To learn more about how you can help, visit confederationcentre.com/gcgc/<https://confederationcentre.com/gcgc/>and follow #GivingChallengeCA.

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Confederation Centre Reopening Friday

Confederation Centre of the Arts Set to Reopen its Doors

-The Centre will soon welcome visitors back to the Gallery, The Story of Confederation, arts camps, the Public Library, and The Showcase

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The Centre for All Canadians is set to open its doors again. After a three month closure due to the pandemic—with all programs cancelled and dozens of staff sent home—Confederation Centre of the Arts is set to welcome visitors back, beginning this Friday, June 12.

“We are thrilled to be opening our doors again and sharing the joy of the arts with our community,” states CEO Steve Bellamy. “We have been working hard and are now ready to invite visitors, members, artists, and staff back to the Centre. On behalf of all of us here at Confederation Centre, we invite you to back to enjoy our many programs.”

He continues, “We deeply appreciate the efforts of government, the Public Health Office, and front-line workers. They’ve kept us safe and able to re-open, and we are grateful for their leadership and dedication to our community.”

 New protocols are in place to help ensure the health and safety of patrons and staff. These include: adjusted entrances and exits, added hand sanitizer stations, new directional arrows and signage, plexiglass at service counters, and stanchions to divide foot traffic and ensure social distancing throughout the complex.

Each space is being closely monitored to ensure capacities are not exceeded and visitors are following these guidelines. Click here for information on new health and safety protocols at the Centre.

“Based on advice from the Public Health Office, we have implemented a comprehensive set of safety protocols across the Centre,” shares Chief Operations Officer Kelly Dawson. “Visitors can rest assured that we are taking extra steps to secure their health and safety, including constant sanitizing and cleaning, capacity limits on each public space, and more.”

Beginning June 12, the hours of operation at the Centre will be as follows:

    • Building hours: 8 a.m.–6 p.m. (7 days a week)
    • The Showcase: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Mon to Sat)
    • The Story of Confederation/Confederation Chamber: 10 a.m.–3 p.m. (Mon to Sat)
    • Art camp registration at the box office: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Tues to Thurs)
    • The Art Gallery (beginning June 16): 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tues to Sun)

The Centre announced last week that Summer Art Camps will be offered in July and August; the registration has been brisk to date. For more information, please visit the website.

The Confederation Centre Public Library will reopen for counter service on Friday, June 12. This institution is administered by the Province and more information and complete hours of operation can be found on their site online.

The Confederation Centre Art Gallery will reopen to the public this Tuesday, June 16. Patrons can explore the website for a complete listing of summer exhibitions. These range from historic to contemporary Canadian art, and from touring exhibitions to those curated from the permanent collection.

Stay tuned for more updates coming soon about select performing arts programming at the Centre this summer, both on site and online.

-SUPPORTING THE CENTRE-

Have you heard about ‘The Great Canadian Giving Challenge’? Confederation Centre relies on community support to deliver its arts education and heritage offerings and develop bold new programs. The Centre is a registered charity organization and is participating in The Great Canadian Giving Challenge throughout the month of June. Every dollar you donate during this time qualifies Confederation Centre for a chance to win $20,000. To learn more about how you can help, visit confederationcentre.com/gcgc/and follow #GivingChallengeCA.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Hump Day It Is

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Hump Day and it’s Heat Three of Act Off Challenge Round One at The Guild.

Sam MacDonald taking on Dave Ess – watch and vote for the one you think should move on to Round Two. The poll will be open until end of Friday.

Round One Challenge: lip sync to a piece of audio of your choosing. Your goal is to attempt to convey the emotions and feels of the audio. Aim for one minute.

Enjoy!

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Off to Work We Go

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We are excited and thankful to be back to work in the beautiful Victoria Playhouse. While we are not able to welcome our patrons back yet we have a number of ‘some day we are going to get around to it’ maintenance jobs that we will be completing while observing recommended Covid 19 protocols.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Give It a Thought

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Good afternoon! We are still looking for your feedback on group gatherings! We would like to receive the opinion of more members of the French-speaking community. It only takes 10 minutes to complete this anonymous survey that will provide us with valuable data to plan our next steps. 🙂

https://confederationcentre.com/fr/audience-survey/
Participants can take part in a draw that could allow them to win a $ 100 gift card from the Centre of the Confederacy.

La SSTA RDÉE Î.-P.-É. Inc. Centre Expo-Festival Carrefour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean
Le Musée acadien de l’Î.-P.-É./Acadian Museum of P.E.I. Collège de l’Île

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Summer Camp Coming Up

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Confederation Centre of the Arts Announces Summer Art Camps for Kids

Registrations now being accepted for Visual Arts Camps, Performing Arts Camps, and Dance Camps in July and August.

Registration is opening at 11:30 a.m. today for Summer Art Camps for Kids at Confederation Centre of the Arts. These week-long camps will be offered in visual arts and performing arts/dance, beginning July 6 and running until August 28.

Visual Arts Camps are for children aged 6-12 years; Performing Arts Camps are for those 7-11 years; and the Dance Camps are broken up into 7-10 years or 10-12 years old. There will be no KinderArt camps offered this summer.

These long-standing programs are designed to immerse children in an enriching, professional arts setting, granting access to the Centre’s national art gallery and renowned theatre and dance facilities. Families can explore the Centre’s website<https://confederationcentre.com/arts-education/summer-camps/> for a full rundown on these separate programs.

Performing Arts Camps are made possible thanks to the generous support of <https://honibe.com/> Honibe<https://honibe.com/> while the Visual Arts Camps are proudly supported by <http://charlottetownchamber.chambermaster.com/list/member/hyndman-insurance-group-ltd-8089> Hyndman & Company Ltd.<https://hickeyhyndman.ca/>

“These camps offer children an opportunity to discover the arts and improve their skills in visual and performance mediums. They also may give many parents a much-needed break after several months without childcare during the pandemic,” explains Peggy Reddin, director of arts education. “We are working closely with the Public Health Office to ensure all proper protocols are in place to maintain the safety of students and staff while in these camps and within the Centre.”

Children will be safely spaced apart in the Centre’s larger studios or halls and class sizes will be restricted to 10-12 students, depending on the program. Further details on these and other safety measures for summer camps will be provided to parents during registration and prior to the start of each course.

“The arts are an essential pillar of every child’s education, just like math, reading, and sciences,” offers Confederation Centre CEO Steve Bellamy. “As we enter a new phase of living as a community, it is essential that children have the opportunity to exercise their imaginations, develop creativity and visual literacy, and have fun discovering new ways to look at the world.”

To register for the Summer Art Camps for Kids, or for more information, visit the the Centre’s website<https://confederationcentre.com/arts-education/summer-camps/>, contact Kayla Shaw at performingarts@confederationcentre.com<mailto:performingarts@confederationcentre.com>, or call (902) 628-6128. Shaw is also available to accept registration in person at the Confederation Centre Box Office, Tuesday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Patrons are asked to use the Queen Street Entrance.

SUPPORTING THE CENTRE

Have you heard about ‘The Great Canadian Giving Challenge’? Confederation Centre of the Arts relies on community support to deliver its arts education and heritage offerings and develop bold new programs. The Centre is a registered charity organization and is participating in The Great Canadian Giving Challenge throughout the month of June. Every dollar you donate during this time qualifies Confederation Centre of the Arts for a chance to win $20,000. To learn more about how you can help, visit confederationcentre.com/gcgc/<https://confederationcentre.com/gcgc/>and follow #GivingChallengeCA.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Canadian Spring

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“…the beautiful, capricious, reluctant Canadian spring, lingering along through April and May in a succession of sweet, fresh, chilly days, with pink sunsets and miracles of resurrection and growth. The maples in Lovers’ Lane were red-budded and little curly ferns pushed up around the Dryad’s Bubble. Away up in the barrens, behind Mr. Silas Sloane’s place, the Mayflowers blossomed out, pink and white stars of sweetness under their brown leaves.”

– L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables 🌱

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse