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Charlotte Street Arts Centre celebrates 10-year anniversary

A birthday is always something to celebrate, especially on a milestone like hitting double digits. The Charlotte Street Arts Centre is about to celebrate 10 years in town and are making sure to do it in a big way.

Kate Rogers is the executive director of the centre. She says that 2015 will be filled with celebrations.

“This spring, we’re going to have three events to celebrate our anniversary. The first is our Birthday Bash/Open House on March 21. People will have a chance to tour the building and experience what we do here. Studios will be open, the film co-op will have movies playing, art activities for kids,” she said. And, of course, “what’s a birthday without cake?”

Also taking place on March 21 is the opening of an exhibit entitled Artifacts Remake. The exhibit shows the work of local artists that have taken artifacts found in the building and used them to create contemporary art.

“On Aug. 10, we’re going to have an evening with music and cocktails and auction off the pieces. The centre is a non-profit organization so the auction will generate funds for us, which can be tough to come across.”

She believes it’s important for the centre to celebrate its anniversary and look back.

“When working on our anniversary plans, we talked about the past, present and future of the centre. Our future as an establishment is grounded on our past. It’s also important to capture the building. It’s an old space but there’s always new work going on inside of it.”

An alumni tea will take place on May 23. Those who used to attend it when it was the Charlotte Street School are invited to come out for the afternoon. Over the past year, Rogers said, they have conducted interviews with alumni and they have now turned the interviews into a play that will be presented that day.

“People can come see what we’ve grown into. Tenants have refined what they do and what they offer. People need to come in and realize the gem we have in the city.”

The centre will be holding other events in the fall to conclude their full year of celebrations.

“People come out and see us for our haunted tours,” says Rogers. “But now it’s time to come see what else we do.”

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