QAC Blog

CULTIVATING CREATIVITY: Downchild Blues Band Live at The Empire Theatre

October 9, 2020 — By Fiona Campbell/Quinte Arts Council Concert goers are desperate for live music and artists are dreaming to play in front of an audience again. Since the pandemic lockdowns started in March, countless shows have been cancelled or rescheduled to 2021, and even then there is much uncertainty about future performances. But artists and arts venues…
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CULTIVATING CREATIVITY: Visual Arts Bursaries connect students with local artists

September 25, 2020 — By Fiona Campbell/Quinte Art Council Art helps children grow. Research shows intrinsic benefits include opportunities to develop creativity and imagination, as well as express thoughts and feelings. Extrinsic benefits (though a little harder to quantify) suggest increased engagement in other academic areas, as well as accelerated development of self-confidence and social skills. There’s also the…
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CULTIVATING CREATIVITY: Impact of the arts to our tourism sector

September 11, 2020 — by Janet Jarrell \ Quinte Arts Council Today, the Regional Tourism Organization (RTO9) meets by way of a virtual summit with speakers from across a diverse platform looking at the recovery plans for the arts, tourism, culture and sport. COVID-19 has changed the strategies that were in place, forcing all levels of government to rethink…
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CULTIVATING CREATIVITY: Building a Theatre in the Wings

August 28, 2020 — By Quinte Arts Council When veteran stage actor Rick Zimmerman moved to Belleville from the County a few years ago, he was hoping to find a permanent home for the non-profit theatre company he had founded along with friends Peter Paylor and Lisa Morris. A storefront performance space seemed like a perfect fit for Belleville’s…
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CULTIVATING CREATIVITY: Arts advocacy in action

August 21, 2020 — By Fiona Campbell/Quinte Arts Council Nonprofits across the province are in trouble. That’s just one of the findings from a recent report released by the Ontario Nonprofit Network that surveyed 1,200 organizations from across the province three months into the pandemic. The impact of COVID-19 has been nothing short of devastating for organizations across all…
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