|Last year was unprecedented and this year was unpredictable. The future is still so uncertain, but, with you alongside us, we are committed in our recovery to bring theatre, music, dance, visual arts, and arts education to you. |
You helped us produce and present multidisciplinary programming in our gallery and on our stages, provide vital arts education programs to the next generation of visual and performing artists, and celebrate learning through our evolving Confederation Players Program and the Symons Medal Lecture.
Here are some highlights of 2021, made possible with your support.
Our theatre doors opened in February for the first time in over a year to a sold-out show titled Lovers’ Lament: A Vaccine for Relationships, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
In May, we launched a new theatre training program, involving 30 students and 10 teachers to train the next generation of skilled theatre employees in wardrobe, props, lighting, video, carpentry, and audio.
In June, the 2021 Charlottetown Festival returned to our mainstage with three shows: Between Breaths, Dear Rita, a world premiere, and Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story. In the amphitheatre, two unique and inspirational shows were presented: Street Fusion and The Voices of Resilience.
Confederation Centre Art Gallery presented two major exhibitions: Two Thumbs Up (Arts and Crafts) from award-winning Quebec-based artist collective BGL; and A Life’s Work: Canadian Artist Robert Harris (1849-1919), which provided visitors with an overview of Harris’ prolific career.
The 2021 Symons Medal was presented in October to the Honourable Louise Arbour, CC, GOQ with a lecture titled DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM, or “They Desire a Better Country”, focusing on the transformation of Canadian society through immigration, the pandemic, and law.
Holiday classic The Nutcracker, performed by dance umbrella, returned in December for the first time in ten years.
As the year comes to a close, the challenges that it has brought have taught us so much. As a supporter, you are vital to the success of all that we do, and you are part of an extraordinary community dedicated to making a meaningful impact in PEI and across Canada through the arts.
With you standing alongside us, we are committed to finding new ways to connect you with the arts, continue arts education for children and youth, provide accessible and free arts programming, and inspire and engage all Canadians through visual and performing arts.
I look forward to seeing you next year in which will be one of the most highly anticipated and exciting years at the Centre.
Thank you, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.
|Steve Bellamy CEO, Confederation Centre of the Arts|