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Feds Support the Arts

Federal Budget 2019 supports Live Concerts and Arts Presenters across Canada

Confederation Centre of the Arts (CCOA) is pleased to learn the Government of Canada has announced an increase to the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF) of $16-million over two years. This strategic investment helps festivals and presenters across the country showcase Canadian productions domestically.

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Steve Bellamy, CEO for Confederation Centre of the Arts says, “Support for the domestic performing arts market is critical to the success of Canada’s world-class artists. This wise investment complements the national strategies for arts production and export, making it possible to showcase Canada’s rich diversity of culture and heritage which benefits audiences from coast to coast to coast.”

CCOA is a proud member of the Canadian Arts Coalition (CAC), which is a collaborative non-partisan movement spearheaded by a group of national arts service and membership organizations. CAC has spent the past year advocating for an increase to the CAPF fund, including an enormous effort of more than 100 sector representatives at “Arts Day on the Hill” in October, 2018.

Confederation Centre of the Arts congratulates CAC Co-Chairs Frédéric Julien and Kate Cornell and all cultural sector allies for the many presentations to government, including to the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, and to the Standing Committee on Finance of the House of Commons. We thank Ministers Rodriguez and Morneau for recognizing the value of the performing arts sector to all Canadians, and for providing the conditions necessary to support Canadian artists at home and abroad.

Confederation Centre of the Arts (CCOA) provides Canadians and visitors with an opportunity to experience multiple cultures, histories, stories, and contexts of Canada’s origins and evolution. CCOA engages through visual arts exhibitions, theatrical performances, music, dance, education, and heritage programming.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and Victoria Playhouse
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A New Look at Green Gables

As part of efforts to be a more accessible space, Confederation Centre of the Arts is pleased to announce that it will be presenting two Relaxed Performances at The Charlottetown Festival this summer.

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With the support of the Autism Society of Prince Edward Island, the Centre is working with its Festival production team to make two selected performances of Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ more accessible.

Sometimes referred to as sensory-friendly experiences, this initiative gives the opportunity for those with various sensitivities towards sensory stimuli to experience and enjoy live theatre. The Centre also recently conducted an accessibility audit, with input from Autism P.E.I. and some of its members.

“Providing relaxed performances is one of the ways Confederation Centre is being more inclusive,” offers Steve Bellamy, CEO of the Centre. “Not everyone experiences visual and auditory stimuli or public spaces the same way. With a few adjustments to the intensity of light, sound, and theatre protocols, we can ensure that even more people have the opportunity to comfortably share in the experience of this iconic story.”

These performances, offered on Monday July 8 and Monday August 19, will be designed in a way to be more comfortable for audience members who may experience anxiety or are not comfortable with some aspects of a traditional theatre setting. This can include: people on the Autism Spectrum and their families; those with sensory and communicative disorders or learning disabilities; people with Tourette’s syndrome; someone who might need to move often due to chronic pain or to use the facilities; or even parents with toddlers.

Patrons will be able to move about the theatre more than usual, as well as leave the theatre at any time should they require a break (and re-enter if they feel ready to do so);

A special ‘calm zone’ will be set up as an option for patrons to head to relax in mid-performance, away from the busy lobby or theatre;

Noises and talking will also be allowed in the house – patrons should not expect a silent audience experience, and;

The use of support technology (tablets and phones) will be relaxed as well.

A special trial run of a relaxed performance will be offered for patrons and patron’s family members to explore if this theatre experience is a good for them. Prospective patrons, family members, or other interested parties can send questions to Sarah Denman-Wood at the Centre, at sdw@confederationcentre.com or (902) 629-1175.

In September, Confederation Centre of the Arts hosted a three day training course in Relaxed Performance, alongside fellow representatives from Autism P.E.I., Neptune Theatre, the Victoria Playhouse, and more. This training session was led by the British Council, the United Kingdom’s international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities, who has led these sessions for arts centres everywhere.

The Guild, Watermark Theatre, Harbourfront Theatre, Confederation Centre for the Arts, and Victoria Theatre.

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Get Out of Town

The Imperial Cities Tour: Experience Breathtaking Group Travel In Support of the Arts

CEO Steve Bellamy, CAA, and more to host travel night presentation Wednesday, January 30

With a new year comes new opportunities and in that spirit, Confederation Centre of the Arts is launching a truly distinctive experience for members of its “Founders Circle” — the chance to join an exclusive 11-day cultural adventure to the Imperial Cities: Prague, Vienna, and Budapest.

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With proceeds going to support arts and heritage programming  at the Centre, this grand group travel tour comes at the request of the Founders’ Circle membership. Taking place from October 21 to 31, 2019, this trip will be organized by partners at CAA Member Choice Vacations, with flights leaving from Charlottetown. CAA are the production sponsor for the Centre’s crown jewel, Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™.

Hosted by Founders’ Circle Members John Steinsky, the Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic, and Brenda Steinsky, this thrilling expedition will include castle tours, guided excursions, a classical music performance, and a cruise down the Danube River.

“Our membership has been asking for a group travel experience and we have listened,” remarks Steve Bellamy, CEO of Confederation Centre. “We are thankful to the Steinskys for their hospitality and to our members for their commitment to supporting arts and heritage programming at the Centre. This promises to be an unforgettable tour of the Imperial Cities and the Steinskys are already going above and beyond building the itinerary.”

The tour will also include a Renaissance-style dinner in a medieval castle near Budapest and a stop at the Lobkowicz Palace, home to the largest art collection in the Czech Republic, spanning over 600 years of family history. Other highlights consist of wine-sampling and dinner in the picturesque Grinzing region, and striking countryside views and cultural outings in each of the three famed cities.

CAA, the Steinskys, and Bellamy will host a travel presentation night on Wednesday, January 30 at 7 p.m. in the cozy confines of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. Shane Coupland with CAA Member Choice Vacations will guide interested members through all the details, from booking to passports to currency and take any questions. The Centre’s culinary team will also offer a sampling of European cuisine from the Imperial Cities.  Come and learn more about the experience, the hosts, and how to join group travel to one of the most spectacular destinations in the world.

Prospective travelers and Founders’ Circle members can RSVP or send questions to Ellen Theuerkauf, atetheuerkauf@confederationcentre.com or (902) 629-1159. For more information on the Founders Circle, visit confederationcentre.com/support/membership/

Bound for Calgary

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The TD Confederation Centre Young Company is hitting the road again. After a busy 2017 season that saw two troupes crisscross the country, the 2018 company has been invited to perform at the Future of Child Welfare in Canada: National Child Welfare Conference 2018, October 23 to 26 in Calgary, Alberta.

The conference is a Canadian first that brings together the Provincial and Territorial Directors of Child Welfare with the Annual Prairie Child Welfare Consortium conference, and the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Social Work. A central theme is the need to address child welfare within an Indigenous context and to consider ways to move forward in light of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations. It is estimated that nearly half of Canadian children in foster care, under the age of 14 are Indigenous, and that, overall, Indigenous children comprise 30 to 40 percent of children in care.

Thanks to the generous support of Indigenous Services Canada, Confederation Centre is bringing 11 company members to Calgary, all of whom appeared in The Charlottetown Festival production of Aqsarniit (“awe-saw-nee”) this summer. These young artists come from across Canada and will be performing excerpts from Aqsarniit, the Inuktitut word used to describe the northern lights. This high-energy musical re-examines Canada’s past through the varied lenses of today’s youth and shares some of the stories they hope will be told in the future.

“Confederation Centre is at the forefront of engaging in a national dialogue and this event is reflective of the art we are creating at the Festival and the Centre,” says Mary Francis Moore, associate artistic director of The Charlottetown Festival. “It is an honour to be invited.”

The Young Company will have the opportunity to perform for an audience of stakeholders from every province and territory. The troupe will appear as part of the opening keynote address and just before the closing keynote from Senator Murray Sinclair, former chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. During the opening keynote, the troupe will perform excerpts from Aqsarniit and also participate in an audience Q+A with company members discussing what they wish to see for Canada’s future.

 “We are continuously proud of the work of our emerging artists and creative team with the Young Company,” says Steve Bellamy, CEO of Confederation Centre. “The National Child Welfare Conference is an important new initiative and we are humbled that our musical production, which speaks to the realities of Canadian history and this country’s efforts towards Truth and Reconciliation, can contribute to these proceedings in such a meaningful way.”

For more on this inspiring conference, visit their website. The Centre wishes to acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support. The title sponsor of The Charlottetown Festival is CIBC. Program sponsor for the Young Company is TD.

 

New Man at the Helm

Confederation Centre of the Arts (CCOA) is pleased to announce Steve Bellamy has been selected as the new Chief Executive Officer to lead the organization in the next phase of its evolution as the Centre for All Canadians.

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For over five decades, Confederation Centre has served Canada as a multifaceted cultural institution, offering a variety of visual and performing arts with a strong focus on educational programming. As a living memorial to the evolution of Canada, CCOA is taking the lead on the redefinition of our national priorities, expressed in particular through arts, culture, and heritage. Dedicated to world-class training in the arts, Steve Bellamy is uniquely qualified to continue to lead the Centre to explore this narrative and support Canadian artists.

“On behalf of the Board Directors and Staff of Confederation Centre, we are very pleased to welcome Steve Bellamy to assume the positon of CEO,” states Wayne Hambly, outgoing Chair, Fathers ofConfederation Buildings Trust. “Steve brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the arts and culture sector, and we are very fortunate to have a person of this caliber lead Confederation Centre into the future. We wish him every success in his new role.”

As the current Dean of the Humber School of Creative & Performing Arts, Bellamy is responsible for the delivery of degree, diploma, and certificate programs in music, creative writing, comedy, acting, production, as well as publishing, music business, and arts administration and cultural management. Bellamy also previously served as Associate Dean of Creative and Performing Arts and Professor ofMusic Production in Humber’s music degree program. As a recording engineer and music producer, he has worked with many leading jazz and classical musicians including Kenny Wheeler, Mike Downes, Kirk MacDonald, Dave Douglas, Anton Kuerti, Gryphon Trio, and Tafelmusik. Before joining Humber College in 2007, he served on the faculties of McGill University, the University of Hartford, and The Banff Centre for the Arts. Steve is especially committed to industry partnership development, Indigenous arts program development, and sustainable business models for the creative industries.

“It is a privilege to join the talented and dedicated team at Confederation Centre of the Arts,” saysBellamy. “At this time in particular, the Centre plays a vital role in the national dialogue about diversevoices and what it means to be Canadian. I’m honoured to support the continued success of this cherished institution and the artists who continue to move, teach, and inspire us with their work.”

Bellamy is extremely pleased to be returning to PEI with his family. He spent many of his younger years attending school on PEI, including completing his Bachelor of Music at University of Prince Edward Island before going on to complete his Master of Music at McGill University and an Advanced Executive Certificate from Queen’s School of Business. Bellamy will be starting at the Centre October 1, 2018.