Centre for the Arts News - May, 2012

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DOWNTOWN Arts Centre progress -
Council approves Performing Arts Centre design

November 27/12

Council approves Performing Arts Centre design



The Performing Arts Centre will take centre stage once again, following City Council’s approval of a new design for the facility which meets the needs of artists and remains within the Council-approved budget.

“The dedication of our user group committee representatives, city staff and architects has ensured the City will see an arts facility that will become a focal point in Downtown St. Catharines, while also staying on budget,” said Mayor Brian McMullan. “With the new design set, we’re looking forward to raising the curtain on this critical component in our efforts to revitalize Downtown St. Catharines.”

The PAC will be built at the corner of St. Paul and Carlisle streets and will include four separate venues: a 775-seat concert hall, a theatre/dance venue with up to 210 seats, 187-seat film theatre and a 300-seat recital hall.

The new design is already getting positive reviews from members of the arts community.

“The redesign process gave the architects an opportunity to re-examine the user group’s building program and find creative, utilitarian solutions to their fundamental needs,” said Janis Barlow, co-chair of the PAC User Group Committee. “Frankly, I think the current design is more practical and cost-efficient than previous incarnations.”

Artist renderings of the new design are expected in the new year and will be on display at a public open house meeting in March 2013. Floor plans and preliminary drawings are available by clicking here.

“We’re pleased with the new design and I believe the community will be pleased once they have an opportunity to review the renderings and see for themselves that we have maintained the critical elements of the facility” said Steve Solski, Executive Director of the PAC.

Construction of the PAC is expected to go to tender in April 2013, followed by Council approval in May 2013. Substantial completion is expected in spring 2015 with the official grand opening scheduled for fall 2015.

“Chorus Niagara is eagerly awaiting its first performance in the Concert Hall at the Performing Arts Centre,” said Diana McAdorey, managing director of Chorus Niagara. “The Niagara Region has an abundance of diverse and talented artists, and arts organizations; the PAC will be a major force in connecting the community through the arts in this impressive downtown venue.”

The St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre is part of a joint project between the City of St. Catharines and Brock University to create an academic and cultural arts centre in Downtown St. Catharines. The initiative also includes creating a new home for the university’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in the former Canada Haircloth building.

For the latest news follow the PAC on Twitter @StCathPAC or check it out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/StCatharinesPerformingArtsCentre.

September 11/12


Partnership puts creative face on PAC construction site


A partnership between the City and local arts groups will put a new face on the wooden fencing surrounding the future home of the St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre, answering the question; “What does the PAC mean to you?”

Artists from Niagara Artists Centre and Greenbelt Arts Collective will transform the wooden construction fencing, known as hoarding, which surrounds the downtown site from boring blue to a vibrant visual arts piece.

“I’m thrilled to have the Greenbelt Arts team working in such a visually prominent part of the downtown core,” said Anah Shabbar, of Greenbelt Arts Collective. “It's an honour to be included in the early stages of what will be an integral part of the revitalization of Downtown St. Catharines."

Beginning this week the first phase of the project will see the hoarding along St. Paul Street covered with thought-provoking words and phrases submitted via social media platforms, in response to the question, “What does the St. Catharines PAC mean to me?” Submissions can be made via Twitter at @StCathPAC or at St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre on Facebook

The hoarding will also be transformed using trompe l'oeil picture frames, a technique which creates the illusion that the painted images are three dimensional, cutouts to allow pedestrians to see behind the fencing, and moss painting. Moss painting, also known as moss graffiti, is a process where moss is combined with other household ingredients and applied like paint to outdoor surfaces. Once applied, the moss continues to grow, resulting in a living, sustainable piece of art.

“Our members are primed, like so many people in this community, for the arrival of a downtown performing arts centre. Like everything else about it, the hoarding should be exceptional too,” said Stephen Remus, Niagara Artist Centre’s Minister of Energy, Minds.

Phase Two of the project, slated to take place in fall 2012, will engage students from local high schools to cover the hoarding along Carlisle Street with murals depicting their ideas of the future of Downtown St. Catharines.

“I’m looking forward to the creation of a unique mural which will engage local visual artists, students and the community at large,” said Steve Solski, PAC Executive Director.

For more information on the project “Like” the St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre on Facebook and “Follow” them on Twitter (@StCathPAC).

August 28/12


Back to the Drawing Board


St. Catharines City Council is sending the design for the downtown Performing Arts Center back to the drawing board to get construction costs within the project’s budget.

At Monday’s meeting Council voted to formally reject all bids received to build the facility. Bids submitted by the four pre-qualified bidders each exceeded the City’s construction budget. As a result the Performing Arts Centre will need to be redesigned so it can be built within the council-approved budget.

Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc. will redesign the Performing Arts Centre with the goal of retaining the quality of the four performance venues, maintaining back-of-house functionality and preserving seating capacity. This will be achieved by replacing some fixtures and finishes with less expensive ones and cutting the overall size of the building.

The redesign process will take 12 to 16 weeks, which includes time to seek input from local user groups. The City will retender the project in December or January, asking firms to submit two bids: one normal bid and one construction management bid that could result in a speedier construction period and better prices.

Construction is slated to begin in February 2013 with substantial completion expected in the spring of 2015.

The St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre is part of a joint project between the City of St. Catharines and Brock University to create an academic and cultural arts centre in Downtown St. Catharines. The initiative also includes creating a new home for the university’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in the former Canada Haircloth building.

Click here to read the August 27th article from The Standard.

Click here to read the August 28th article from The Standard.

August 16/12


City to review PAC bids


City representatives will meet with the four construction companies who submitted bids to build the St. Catharines Performing Arts Center to explore the bids and understand the differences between the quotes received and the budget estimates.

“Certainly this is not the result we were hoping for and we hope this process will provide us with some answers,” says Mayor Brian McMullan.

The City issued a tender last month to pre-qualified bidders for the above grade construction of the centre, to be built at St. Paul and Carlisle streets. When the results were revealed yesterday at a public tender opening, each was over the $42.7 million council-approved construction budget.
The bids were:
Bird Construction - $53.2 million
Carillion Construction - $52.5 million
Ellis Don Construction - $55.1 million
Graham Construction & Engineering - $59.9 million

The terms of the tender allow the City and its representatives to meet with the firms to clarify and seek more detailed information about their submissions.

The results of the meeting and suggestions on next steps will be presented in a report to council at its Aug. 27 meeting.

The St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre is part of a joint project between the City of St. Catharines and Brock University to create an academic and cultural arts centre in Downtown St. Catharines. The initiative also includes creating a new home for the university’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in the former Canada Haircloth building.

Click here to read the August 15th article from The Standard.


May 7/12


Construction Cam



Click here to keep an eye on the new digs.









April 10/12

Historic day for downtown - groundbreaking ceremony


"It feels like centuries in the making, but Philip Coppel thinks he is finally witnessing a renaissance of St. Catharines’ core.

For now, all he sees is a gravel expanse outside George Coppel Jewellers on St. Paul St. But excavation is imminent for the much-anticipated St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre.

By fall 2014, that $60-million development should be done — and linked beside it, a relocated Brock University arts school.

“It’s a big undertaking,” said Coppel, the store owner. “And it can’t happen soon enough.”

Click here to read the story from The Standard.





March 6/12

City and Brock University finalize agreement for downtown arts complex



St. Catharines Mayor Brian McMullan and Brock University President Jack Lightstone today signed the document that clears the way for a fine and performing arts complex to be constructed in downtown St. Catharines.

Mayor McMullan and Dr. Lightstone signed the deal in a brief ceremony at the University shortly before noon on Tuesday, just 12 hours after St. Catharines City Council had given its approval. The agreement had earlier been approved by the University’s Board of Trustees at its Feb. 16 meeting.

The pact allows the two parties to formalize all terms and conditions as the City and University prepare to start construction of two major projects that comprise the Academic and Cultural Arts Centre in the city’s urban core.

The City will build a $60.8-million civic Performing Arts Centre at the corner of St. Paul and Academy streets. That is adjacent to the site where the University will spend $39.6-million to renovate and expand an empty textile mill to house Brock’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and performing Arts. Construction on the projects will begin this year, with completion set for 2014.

The “umbrella agreement” contains the legal framework that includes, among other things, the terms by which the City will transfer to Brock the former Canada Hair Cloth building at 198 St. Paul Street, as well as financial and logistical commitments.

“This agreement solidifies the partnership between the City of St. Catharines and Brock University,” said Mayor McMullan. “Our downtown performing arts centre and Brock’s school of fine and performing arts will shine a spotlight on our community and breathe new life into our city’s core.”

Brock President Lightstone said the University is now looking forward to the start of construction.

“This whole project is a win-win-win for the University, the City of St. Catharines and the broader community of Niagara,” he said. “Brock has welcomed the chance to work with the City and with our partners in the community, to create a dynamic and innovative arts complex that gives us the advanced learning space we need, and also helps invigorate the downtown for the benefit of everyone in the community.”


February 22/12

It’s been quiet on the set of the new downtown performing arts centre, but starting this spring, construction will be in full swing.
St. Catharines city council is expected to award the contract for the first phase of construction on this cornerstone of downtown revitalization in early April. It won’t be long afterward that excavation of the site, now a gravel swath on St. Paul Street, will be underway.
“Construction of our performing arts centre will be the next tangible example of our downtown revitalization efforts taking shape in our city’s core,” Mayor Brian McMullan said. “We’re excited to get the shovels in the ground and for construction to begin for this state-of-the-art cultural facility.”

Also during this phase, the less glamourous jobs of separating clean fill from contaminated earth, stabilizing the ground and erecting construction hoarding will be done.

The foundation will also be laid for the sleek building that will begin to emerge later this year after the contract for its construction is awarded in July.

The city has divided construction into two phases – below-ground and above-ground work – to
provide more time for the design process, said Steve Solski, the centre’s executive director.

“By having two phases, we’re giving the architects more time to complete the construction drawings of the main building while we start the excavation,” Solski said. This approach will speed up construction by at least five months as the city aims to open the centre in the fall of 2014, he added.

Arts centre watchers can expect to see above-ground construction start sometime in August. Those who can’t make it downtown to see the progress will be able to watch it online at www.stcatharines.ca, thanks to a construction webcam that will start live-streaming the action by the time excavation work starts this spring.

“It is an exciting time because all the design work leading up to this point is really a theoretical discussion and now, the reality of what St. Catharines is embarking on his here,” Solski said. “Now, there’s no more discussion to be had … . Now is the time to get it built for St. Catharines and open on time.”

Written by Tiffany Mayer, The Garden City Current


February 2/12

"St. Catharines arts centre prep work ramps up
2012 to be important year: director"

Click here to read the story from Niagara This Week.








January 2/12

The top 10 St. Catharines and area entertainment stories of 2011

"1. The Performing Arts Centre. The centre dominated the news in 2011 with a slew of public consultations, budget announcements, finalized building plans and a new director. The contract for below-grade construction of the St. Paul St. facility will be tendered early in the new year. Construction on the $60-million project will start next year, and the centre is expected to open late in 2014."

Click here to read the story from The Standard.

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November 23/11


Check out the new animated video, showing the architect's design tweaks and how the new downtown Performing Arts Centre will look inside and out.




November 23/11


Arts centre gets green light -St. Catharines council approves smaller but costlier design.

Click here to read the story from Niagara This Week.




November 17/11


On Monday November 21, 2011 Diamond Schmitt Architects will be presenting the final design of the future Downtown Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines. Their presentation will include a 3D visual imaging of both internal and external features.



In addition there will be a presentation from the Arts User Group Committee for a Downtown Performing Arts Centre, outlining the process utilized to develop the design, and support for the future facility. City Council will address a report on their agenda providing updates on the project and its progress.



Please join us for the evening – to show your support, and to be at the heart of the decision-making around our future arts centre!! Council meeting begins at 6:30pm, in Council Chambers, 3rd floor, City Hall, 50 Church St. Use the James St. entrance.




October 4/11
Video footage from downtown open house.





September 29/11

Rotary Club makes donation to Brock’s downtown arts project


The effort to move Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts into downtown St. Catharines received a major boost today when the Rotary Club of St Catharines donated $100,000 to the project, the largest single gift in the club’s 91-year history.

The announcement came at a ceremony at the vacant textile mill that will be extensively renovated and expanded to house the new school. The project is a key piece of one of the most important redevelopment initiatives ever to take place in downtown St. Catharines.

Rotary Club President John Crossingham said his colleagues realize the Brock downtown project is a critical opportunity to invest in the city’s future.

“Our members come from all across the community,” said Crossingham. “We’re here today to show that Brock’s project is something the community can get behind, and we hope Rotary’s decision prompts others to step up and help make this opportunity a reality.”

Crossingham said gifts like this are possible because of the support Rotary receives for fundraising efforts such as Ribfest or the annual Rotary TV Auction, which takes place this year Nov. 24-26.

The contribution was warmly welcomed by University officials, who see Rotary’s decision as an important public endorsement of the plan to relocate more than 500 students and faculty into the city centre, revitalizing a downtown that has been in decline for many years.

“I can tell you that Brock is ecstatic today,” said Douglas Kneale, Dean of Humanities and a member of the team overseeing the project. “This shows the power of partnership. We recognize that this is a huge commitment for Rotary to make, and we are thrilled they are helping to make this project come true for the benefit of the entire community.”

Due to be open in 2014, the Brock project is half of a major collaboration that will see the Walker School situated adjacent to a public Performing Arts Centre being built by the City of St. Catharines.

For the University, moving Walker School downtown will enrich the student experience, free up much-needed space on Brock’s main campus and help spark economic and cultural renaissance across the Niagara community.

Alongside other support, the Brock project is made possible because of $26.2 million provided by the Ontario government’s Open Ontario program to create new jobs and growth.

For more information, go to www.buildingtheartsdowntown.ca




September 14/11

Downtown Performing Arts Centre: Conceptual Design Open House - Sept. 21


Please join CENTRE FOR THE ARTS and the CITY OF ST. CATHARINES at...

Performing Arts Centre Conceptual Design Open House
Wednesday September 21st, 2011
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
At the future home of the PAC at St. Paul and Carlisle streets.
...
View the PAC conceptual designs, catch live performances by Ron Sexsmith, Kurt Swinghammer, Niagara Symphony, Theatre Beyond Words, Chorus Niagara and celebrate this important project milestone.



July 13/11

Steve Solski announced as the Founding Executive Director of the new St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre which will open in 2014.


Steve Solski will take the helm of the project, a cornerstone in the revitalization of Downtown St. Catharines. He brings with him a wealth of experience in municipal arts and theatre projects, including as the founding general manager of the Rose Theatre in Brampton.

Under Mr. Solski’s leadership, the Rose Theatre boasted 700 events, 390 public performances and an annual attendance of 190,000 since its opening in 2006. In addition, Mr. Solski played a starring role in the conception and design of the Rose Theatre and soon after the curtain rose on the theatre, it was touted as one of the most successful municipal theatre openings in Canadian history with attendance and event numbers far exceeding initial projections.

Mr. Solski, who will begin his tenure with the City on Aug. 2, is approaching the establishment of the St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre with the same tenacity and zeal.

"This is an exciting time for the City of St Catharines, Niagara Region and, for me personally, I am very honoured to be the founding executive director of this amazing new venue," Mr. Solski, said. "The energy and enthusiasm about the arts centre in the City is fantastic, which is great because the success of the centre will depend on many and the community plays a major role."

The City conducted an extensive search for a founding executive director earlier this year with the help headhunting firm Genovese Vanderhoof and Associates. The search resulted in more than 75 applicants.

"We’re very excited to have Mr. Solski be a part of this monumental project," Mayor Brian McMullan said. "He has the experience, talent and track record to make the Performing Arts Centre the flagship artistic and theatrical hub that we have envisioned for our city."

The Performing Arts Centre is a $54-million project funded jointly by the federal and provincial governments and the City of St. Catharines. It will be constructed at the corner of St. Paul and Carlisle streets and will be adjacent to the new home of the Marilyn. I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. The centre is scheduled to open in 2014.

Congrats and welcome Steve!

Click here to read the story from The Standard.




May 27/11

Arts centre drawings were just what the public needed

Click here to read the rest of the story from The Standard.

Click here to get more information on the St. Catharines Arts Centre project, view schematic drawings, see the presentation provided by Diamond + Schmitt Architects and submit your comments.





May 25/11

It's all about the lobby at planned downtown arts centre

Click here to read the rest of the story from The Standard.




March 16/11

New project shines spotlight on Niagara arts community -
Marketing the Arts of St. Catharines-Niagara launches today

Click here to read the rest of the story from The Standard.




February 11/11

City picks preferred architect for performing arts centre

Click here to read the rest of the story from The Standard.



Dec. 3/10

Demolition a turning point.

Click here to read the full story from Niagara This Week.




Nov. 8/10

RFP to be issued to architect short list on Nov. 17/10

Click here to read the full story from Brock News.





July 27/10

City, Brock hiring arts centre experts

Click here to read the rest of the story from The Standard.






Stay up to date with InspireNiagara.com

April 14/10

$26.2. million for downtown arts school - Brock University gets funding from province

Click here to read the rest of the story from The Standard.



April 13/10

Arts boosters tell council planning key - MARLENE BERGSMA

Click here to read the rest of the story from The Standard.


March 26/10

Brock U. checks budget details - Grant LaFleche

Click here to read the rest of the story from The Standard.



January 15/10

"Arts centre isn't dead, but there is cause for concern." KALVIN REID

Click here to read the rest of the story from The Standard.

January 15/10

"Arts centre is about the partnership." ROSEMARY HALE

Click here to read the rest of the story from The Standard.


January 13/10

"City/Brock partnership on arts centre needs to stay strong" DOUG HEROD

Click here to read the rest of the story from The Standard.


January 13/10

"Funding for Brock arts school uncertain."

Click here to read the rest of the story from Niagara This Week.


January 12/10

"Arts project remains on hold."

Click here to read the rest of the story from The Standard.

January 11/10

"Arts centre funding confusion a 'blip": chamber prez"

Click here to read the rest of the story from The Standard.

January 9/10

"Arts Centre in limbo about funding."

Click here to read the rest of the story from The Standard.




October 2009

Please visit IspireNiagara.com to stay up to speed on the development of our new downtown arts centre. You can also sign up there for an additional e-newsletter for updates.

"What about the current Centre for the Arts at Brock University?
Today's Centre for the Arts, Brock University (CFTA) will be at the heart of tomorrow's Niagara Centre for the Arts. The new arts centre will no longer be a Brock University operation but the staff and programming of the CFTA will be moving downtown in bigger and better facilities. That means more programming, and more seats for audiences who are packing the house in the smaller Sean O Sullivan Theatre at Brock. The current CFTA's commitment to a quality audience experience will be a cornerstone of the new facility."

Click here to visit InspireNiagara.com






May 22/09 - The City of St. Catharines and Brock University applaud today's joint federal and provincial government announcement of $36-million to construct a new Niagara Centre for the Arts and recital hall in downtown St. Catharines. MP Rick Dykstra and MPP Jim Bradley made the announcement.

The facilities will have a significant positive economic impact for the Niagara region, helping to create jobs, attract skilled workers and generate more visitors to the region.

The city-owned Niagara Centre for the Arts will be adjacent to the Marilyn I Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, which Brock University plans to relocate to the downtown from the University's main campus.

"This project will be the cornerstone of Council's vision for a revitalized downtown," said St. Catharines Mayor Brian McMullan. "With the proposed Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts bringing students downtown by day, and the arts centre attracting audiences from across and outside the region, it will encourage the type of cultural district growth that will be a catalyst for positive downtown and regional development."

Brock University President Jack Lightstone also hailed the announcement.

"This is a day we have all been looking forward to for a long time,"he said, "not just because this cultural landmark will complement our Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, but because it illustrates how a whole community can benefit when people work together."

Today's announcement results from the work of numerous partners who recognized this project as a great step in a comprehensive plan for the creation of a significant "arts hub" for Niagara to revitalize downtown St. Catharines.

These include the efforts of our federal and provincial government representatives (MP Dykstra and MPP Bradley) as well as an ongoing collaborative effort between the City and the University.

The Standard - Friday, May 22/09




National Post - Friday, March 6/09

The Standard - Thursday, March 5/09

December 2008

The curtain is rising on downtown St. Catharines' cultural revival.

A packed house in city council chambers clapped and cheered Monday night as city councillors unanimously approved a new $101-million development that will include Brock University's Marilyn I. Walker school of fine and performing arts and a new Niagara Centre for the Arts in downtown St. Catharines.

Click the links below to view coverage in The Standard.

Front page article - Dec. 8/08.

Front page article - Dec. 9/08.



Doug Herod's column - Dec. 9/08. "Performing arts centre excitement provides little fodder for cynics."
It was a skeptic's nightmare...I'm telling you, folks, this here performing arts thingy is the real deal. Brock will have its fingerprints all over the arts centre. And it's had years of programming experience...At any rate, Brock's programming gives us a pretty good running start for the new centre.


Editorial column - Dec. 10/08.





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FRAGRANCE FREE ZONE - a friendly reminder

We ask that all of our guests be considerate of those in the audience who may have allergies to perfume or cologne and avoid using products with fragrance before attending events in our venues.

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Culture in Niagara
ARTS MARKETING WORKSHOPS

NEWS - Aug. 29/12 - Marketing the Arts in Niagara SUMMIT 2012 - Tuesday, Oct. 16/12

9am to 4pm at the St. Catharines Museum

Keynote Speaker, Facilitated Workshops, Website launch, panel of arts and tourism professionals all tailored to meet the arts community's marketing needs

Registration details coming soon.





NEWS - May 6/12 - NEXT WORKSHOP ON MAY 30/12 at 2 p.m. - REGISTER ONLINE TODAY


Register now!
Wednesday, May 30, from 2-5pm
Branding and Design
Tips and Tools to enhance your Marketing Strategies
Presenter: Chimpanzee Evolved Thinking
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Mills Room, St Catharines Public Library

To register for this no cost workshop:
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The Inspire! Professional Development Series

How can arts organizations stay competitive in their quest for an audience in this world of busy lifestyles, home theatres, and web-based entertainment options? And how in Niagara do we make the face of our audience younger and expand our community support and corporate relationships?

Hard work - patience - marketing and partnerships.

In the 3-hour workshop we will discuss branding and design; round table your marketing collateral; followed by message strategy and implementation.

How to prepare for this session? Please bring your season collateral (or past examples)/or event material, logo, screen grab of your home page if you have a website and lastly, a wish list of where you would like to be in 3-5 years.
Presenter: Chimpanzee is a creative communications agency with over 60 years of combined international experience. Their marketing solutions are results driven. Their versatile team delivers both on short-term projects and campaigns and also thrives when executing longer term strategic marketing and communication plans. This workshop will be led by Chimps owner, Dianne Wright.



NEWS - APRIL 3/12 - NEXT WORKSHOP ON MAY 5/12 - REGISTER ONLINE TODAY

Advance registration by Thursday April 5 for
Computer Lab Saturday, May 5 from 10am to 1pm
Niagara College, Glendale Campus
Maximum participants 25

This 3-hour session will be conducted in a computer lab environment, there will be one internet enabled computer per person and will provide you with hands-on familiarity with the internet's most important social media platforms. Participants of the March 31 PD session will be given first access to this follow up HANDS-ON session.
Due to limited room, please aim to send one person from your organization. If you would like more than one person to attend, please register for both. A confirmation email will be sent to you the week of April 16. Please note the first priority will be given to arts/culture/heritage workers in the Niagara. To register for this FREE workshop:
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NEWS - MARCH 14/12 - NEXT WORKSHOP ON MARCH 31 - REGISTER ONLINE TODAY


The Inspire! Professional Development Series
continues with
Social Media Workshop
Saturday, March 31 from 10am to 12noon
Presenter: arnoldi:mcpherson social strategy design
MacBain Centre, Niagara Falls
To register for this free workshop:
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When social began to take hold -- the thinking was that you had to be everywhere in the social media world to compete. But then we were really only talking about Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and maybe a blog. The learning curve wasn't too steep, there was less competition in building an active community, tools were free and you could still be successful with some enthusiasm and elbow grease. That's changed and people need to be more selective about where they invest their time and be prepared to spend some money.

arnoldi:mcpherson social strategy design: Janice Arnoldi and Robin McPherson have been partners in a successful web design and social media strategy firm for 13 years, with major corporate, non-profit and small business clients. They have a strong communications background in journalism, corporate communications, customer relations, visual arts and online usability.




NEWS - FEB. 22/12 - NEXT WORKSHOP ON MARCH 14 - REGISTER ONLINE TODAY

Wednesday, March 14, from 3-5pm
Seven Marketing Competencies to Stay Competitive
Webinar Presenter, Neill Archer Roan

Whether you are talking about products, services, people, or ideas, the time between 'hip' and 'has-been' is shorter than ever before. With disruptive innovation continually transforming marketplaces, the role of the marketer must transform, as well. Plus, volatile social, economic, and political environments amplify market turbulence. Relying on conventional competencies and tried-and-true channels no longer cuts it. Winning in the marketplace requires mining trends, making sense of complexity, and mastering simplicity. Join Neill Archer Roan to explore the seven leading competencies marketing professionals need to be sustainably competitive in this ever-evolving world.

To register for this free workshop:
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This online training session is available to anyone with an Internet connection and speakers (or headphones).

Neill Archer Roan, CEO and Principal, THE ROAN GROUP,LLC | WorkSMART
Neill Archer Roan leads The Roan Group, a strategy consulting firm based in Washington, DC. The firm's clientele includes state and federal agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and private sector firms throughout North America. Mr. Roan served as a Director and Treasurer of the American Arts Alliance and is the former 2 two-term President of Oregon Advocates for the Arts and a former Director of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and the Western Arts Alliance. In 1993, he chaired the National Endowment for the Arts' Presenting and Commissioning Large Institution's panel, and has also served as a panelist in the Arts Education and Music Recording programs of the NEA. Mr. Roan's artistic vision was shaped by a fifteen-year career as a professional, internationally known performing artist with performances in Europe, South America, and Canada. He was described as an "excellent master of his craft" by John Rockwell of The New York Times after his final Carnegie Hall appearance in March 1986.




Culture in Niagara announces FOUR professional development workshops to start your creative New Year!

St. Catharines Ontario, January 16, 2012 - Arts, Culture and Heritage workers in the Niagara Region save the following dates - as the Inspire! Professional Development Series announces its next four no cost workshops - two live, and two webinars to start 2012 on an inspiring note.

Tuesday, January 31

Media Relations with Angela Scappatura & Odette Yazbeck

LIVE: 3-5pm @ Sullivan Mahoney Court House Theatre
101 King Street, 2nd Floor, St Catharines

Earlier this month, St Catharines Standard reporter Angela Scappatura challenged her arts readership to tell her what's important when pitching a story. "What sets you apart?" she wrote. For the past 25 years, Shaw Festival Public Relations Director Odette Yazbeck has been doing just that. She's pitched more stories than Shaw's written words!

So, we're putting the two together in a Media Relations workshop that's sure to excite and inspire. Angela encourages participation from individual artists, musicians, and smaller companies with low or no budgets. Odette will share tips and ideas that she's used to generate stories in the media. Topics to include: what journalists want, pertinent talking points, clarity of language, message creation and presentation. Questions from the floor will follow the presentation.

To register for this free workshop..http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CiNPDSession-MediaRelations

Angela Scappatura is a journalist, writer, photographer and musician. She began her career in journalism as a reporter for CBC Radio in Sudbury. Since then, Angela has worked in radio, newspaper, magazine and television newsrooms. She has covered the Police beat in northern Ontario, politics in Ottawa, read the national hourly news on CBC radio and worked as a radio newscaster in the eastern Arctic. Her print stories have appeared in the Toronto Star, The Canadian Press, cbc.ca, macleans.ca, Canadian Real Estate Magazine and the Sudbury Star - among others. She is currently the arts reporter for The Standard in St. Catharines. Angela has studied public policy in Washington, Renaissance art in Italy and jazz in Toronto. She graduated from York University with a bachelor of arts in political science and holds a postgraduate diploma in journalism from Humber College. Angela's other life as a jazz vocalist has taken her to venues across Canada and overseas with performances in renowned jazz clubs, on national television, into fashion advertising campaigns and onto the stage of Massey Hall.

A Technical Theatre Arts Graduate from Niagara College, Odette Yazbeck
went on to secure a post-graduate diploma in Public Relations from Humber College. She has held a number of positions in Marketing and Communications at the Shaw Festival over the past 25 seasons, serving as their Public Relations Director for the past eight. Odette has also taught Media Relations in the Niagara College PR Program and has served on the Niagara Region Culture Committee. She also serves as a Volunteer Emergency Information Officer for the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and is on the Communications sub-committee for the War of 1812 Committee of Niagara-on-the-Lake. She makes her home in Niagara-on-the-Lake with her husband and two children.

Thursday, February 2
Audiences, Markets and Engagement in the Performing Arts

WEBINAR: 1-2pm. Presenter, Kelly Hill, President, Hill Strategies Research

This webinar will highlight key information on performing arts audiences, marketing and engagement, with an emphasis on research findings that performing arts managers and marketers can apply to their day-to-day work in the sector. The presentation will include information about performing arts attendance, consumer spending, audience motivations and audience engagement. The goal of the session is to leave participants with relevant data that can help them increase the efficiency of their marketing, fundraising and communication endeavours, as well as inspiring participants to find new ways of reaching audiences and sponsors.

This online training session is available to anyone with an Internet connection and speakers (or headphones).

To register for this free workshop ...http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CiNPDSession-KellyHillWebinar

Kelly Hill
Kelly, a fluently bilingual anglophone, has worked in the arts, given arts-related presentations, and conducted discussion group sessions across Canada. Thanks to his 13 years of experience in arts research, Kelly is a sought-after resource person by artists, arts organizations, the media, governments and other researchers. Prior to founding Hill Strategies Research in 2002, Kelly gained a solid knowledge across the art forms as Research Manager at the Ontario Arts Council. Kelly's academic background focused on socio-economic research and analysis: he obtained an MA in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario and a BA in Economics from Université Laval.

COMING SOON!
Registration and additional information to follow shortly.

Tuesday, February 21
Cultural Mapping
LIVE: 3-5pm, Burgoyne Room, St. Catharines Museum
1932 Welland Canals Parkway, St. Catharines
Presenter Judy Harquail, Environics Analytics

Environics Analytics recently conducted a profile of St. Catharines-Niagara, a data-driven market insight to help businesses reach their customers more effectively. As we shift our thoughts to marketing the arts, we learn how arts organizations can begin to use postal code mapping to guide their marketing efforts. Who are your audiences? Who's getting forgotten in the great Niagara abyss? Now is the time to begin thinking about cultural mapping.

Judy Harquail has over 25 years of experience working in the performing arts. Her previous accomplishments include directing and executing touring activity for some of Canada's most highly respected dance and opera companies, developing and executing strategic marketing campaigns and working in collaboration with an extensive range of arts organizations and arts professionals across Canada, the United States, and throughout the world. Amongst the many projects she is currently working on, she is Program Manager for CCI - the Ontario Presenters Network where she is responsible for the Ontario Dances program, the biannual Ontario Dances Platform, the Fresh Start program and CCI's block booking program. She also has extensive experience dealing with all levels of government funding agencies having worked on contract for the Canada Council and the Department of Canadian Heritage assisting in the launch of the Arts Presentation Canada Program in Ontario. Judy is the 2007 recipient of the National Arts Centre award for distinguished contribution to touring.

Coming March 2012
Seven Marketing Competencies to Stay Competitive
WEBINAR: Presenter, Neill Archer Roam
Better marketing doesn't mean more expensive, it means smarter. Marketing your business means making every dollar count and positioning your organization in ways that are truly distinctive. Learn from Neill Archer Roan as he takes you through his Seven Marketing Comptencies to Stay Competitive in the Industry.

This online training session is available to anyone with an Internet connection and speakers (or headphones).

Neill Archer Roan, CEO and Principal, THE ROAN GROUP,LLC | WorkSMART

Neill Archer Roan leads The Roan Group, a strategy consulting firm based in Washington, DC. The firm's clientele includes state and federal agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and private sector firms throughout North America. Mr. Roan served as a Director and Treasurer of the American Arts Alliance and is the former 2 two-term President of Oregon Advocates for the Arts and a former Director of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and the Western Arts Alliance. In 1993, he chaired the National Endowment for the Arts' Presenting and Commissioning Large Institution's panel, and has also served as a panelist in the Arts Education and Music Recording programs of the NEA. Mr. Roan's artistic vision was shaped by a fifteen-year career as a professional, internationally known performing artist with performances in Europe, South America, and Canada. He was described as an "excellent master of his craft" by John Rockwell of The New York Times after his final Carnegie Hall appearance in March 1986.

About the Project and Community Leadership

Culture in Niagara is a movement to grow awareness, share information and celebrate the arts and heritage of Niagara. It is a partnership initiative that welcomes new people and resources to the table as we move our first phase of work forward. Marketing the Arts of St. Catharines-Niagara is the first major initiative.

CultureinNiagara.com: To develop a website of cultural events, build awareness of this resource while working with Niagara's arts community and to aid in marketing the site to residents and visitors to the Niagara Region. Partner, City of St Catharines.

Inspire! Niagara Arts in Niagara Schools: To develop a 10-15 minute DVD for promotional use throughout the Niagara school system. There will also be an Educator Showcase and trade fair; a short video and artist showcase catalogue; and expertise to market the above to schools throughout Niagara. Partner, Carousel Players.

Inspire! Professional Development Series: To focus on developing marketing expertise within the cultural sector by providing professional development workshops, roundtables and the sharing of best practices. Partner, Centre for the Arts, Brock University.

Culture in Niagara encourages you to share this information with friends in the cultural and heritage sector as well as your non-profit arts Board of Directors.
For additional information, members of the media may contact:

Sara Palmieri, Sales & Marketing Manager
Brock University | Centre for the Arts
Niagara Region | 500 Glenridge Ave. | St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1
Arts.BrockU.ca | T 905 688 5550 x4914 | F 905 688 9451






Sneak Preview event wrap-up

BE SURE TO CATCH THE FULL RE-BROADCAST OF SNEAK PREVIEW ON TVCOGECO:
Thursday, May 24 at 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 26 at 9 p.m.



Thanks to our members, sponsors and partners for another successful SNEAK PREVIEW event.

Members were treated to complimentary hors d’oeuevres, beverages and showcase sets by upcoming artists Matt Dusk, Danny Michel and Tyler Yarema. Attending renewing members were also the first to order tickets to all 2012-13 performances.

Become a new member as of June 15 to access advance tickets and more.


Congratulations to our draw prize winning members Allen Evalds, Robert Giroux, Jack & Angela Schaerer, David & Janet Devine, Brad & Susan Black and the grand prize winner of a free membership and his full season order, Norm Schwenker!

Thanks to our partnering wineries (Cattail Creek Estate, Creekside Estate, Diamond Estates, Legends Estates and Reif Estate) for their generous donations.

Members also helped collect 1750 lbs of food for Community Care along with the help of attendees of this month's Shine Dance Competition.







Why I dance... Pourquoi je danse...
Check out the new video that celebrates dance participation in Ontario!

Centre for the Arts, Brock University has been participating in the Ontario Arts Council’s Ontario Dances program for the past four years. Ontario Dances seeks to have more dance performances in Ontario communities and more people engaged, interested and invested in dance at a local level in our province. The program aims to increase the range and diversity of dance available to communities in Ontario outside of the city of Toronto.

Why I dance... Pourquoi je danse... is a celebration of dance participation in Ontario. This video features both amateur and professional dancers reflecting on why they dance. A moving tribute to an art form enjoyed by many Ontarians, it captures the diversity of dance expression in this province.





Why I dance... Pourquoi je danse... was directed and produced for the Ontario Arts Council by Gloria Ui Young Kim.


Click here for more information about the Ontario Arts Council’s Ontario Dances program.

For more information about the Centre’s involvement with the program, please contact Sara Palmieri, Sales & Marketing Manager at 905-688-5550 x4914 or spalmieri@brocku.ca





2012-13 season announced
and on sale to renewing members

Check out some of the hottest tickets in town.

Don’t be disappointed - with such a great line-up of shows, the Centre anticipates many performances will be “SOLD OUT” before September.

Join the growing list of HOT TICKET Members on June 15 at 11 a.m. to have first access to the best music, dance, theatre, comedy and family entertainment - great seats, great savings and the flexibility to buy the shows you want.

Click here to become a HOT TICKET member or for more information.

Contact the Box Office to request a membership package at 905-688-5550 x3257, Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.




Niagara arts inpire Niagara schools
arts educators showcase this Monday

Niagara ARTS Inspire Niagara Schools' first Educator Showcase and Trade Fair takes place in the Sean O'Sullivan Theatre this Monday, June 4 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

This FREE event features an unprecedented gathering of Niagara's finest dance, music, theatre and visual artists plus the launch of the highly-anticipated DVD profiling over 20 arts organizations in Niagara and their partnerships with Niagara schools and students.


Click here for more information.





Taking part: Carousel Players , Centre for the Arts, Brock University, Chorus Niagara, EyeGo to the Arts, Flutes En 'Route, Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Historic Niagara Education Committee-Museum Passport Program, Learning Through the Arts, Lyndesfarne Theatre Projects, Mainstream, Marilyn I Walker School for Fine and Performing Arts - School of Dramatic Arts - Brock University, Marilyn I Walker School for Fine and Performing Arts - School of Music - Brock University, Marilyn I Walker School for Fine and Performing Arts - School of Visual Arts - Brock University, Metaphysical Theatre, Music Niagara, Niagara Artists Centre, Niagara Children's Museum, Niagara Dance Company, Niagara Falls Art Gallery, Niagara Symphony Association, Niagara Youth Orchestra, PK Hummingbird Steel Orchestra, Rodman Hall Arts Centre, Shaw Festival Theatre, St. Catharines Chamber Music Society, Suitcase in Point Theatre Company, Suzuki Niagara, Theatre Beyond Words, Theatrefolk.





ENTER ONLINE TO WIN A FREE MEMBERSHIP AND TEN TICKETS

We're giving away 10 Platinum Memberships including two grand prize packs that include a Platinum Membership plus five pairs of free tickets to the 2012-13 HOT TICKET performances of your choice.*

*Some restrictions apply. Based on availability. Many shows sell out prior to public sales.

Enter now!





The contest closes Sunday, June 10/11 at 11:59 p.m. Winners will be drawn and notified Monday morning.

Become a member on June 15 at 11 a.m. for your opportunity to access advance tickets prior to public sales on September 4. Many shows are expected to sell out quickly.

Thanks to you and to our season sponsor, Sun Media Niagara (The Standard, Review and Tribune), for the continued support of quality performing arts in our community.








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