Nine professional arts organizations have joined together to launch Passport to the Arts, a new audience development initiative to introduce people to the diversity of arts experiences in Fredericton. The Passport offers nearly a dozen different professional arts events and experiences in 2013-2014. So get out and explore, experience and get hooked on the arts in Fredericton!
“Fredericton has so much to offer in arts and culture but it can be daunting to know where to begin,” says Tim Yerxa, Executive Director of the Fredericton Playhouse. “Passport to the Arts offers an affordable way to get out and ‘test drive’ a wide variety of experiences in the Capital City.”
Each Passport allows holders to enjoy $300 worth of performances, festivals and galleries over the 2013-2014 season for only $100+HST. Only 100 Passports to the Arts will be available.
Passport to the Arts benefits include:
FREDERICTON PLAYHOUSE: 2 tickets to a Kidstage performance (Sleeping Beauty, Donna Washington, or The Studio) AND 1 ticket to a contemporary dance performance from the Spotlight Series (Toronto Dance Theatre, Maria Osende Flamenco, Less Ballets Jazz de Montreal, or Peggy Baker).
THEATRE NEW BRUNSWICK: 1 ticket to a professional performance (Private Lives, Miracle on 34th Street, The Net or Red)
ATLANTIC BALLET THEATRE OF CANADA: 1 ticket to a professional performance in Fredericton (Piaf)
SYMPHONY NEW BRUNSWICK: 1 ticket to any of the Bravo or Virtuoso concerts in Fredericton
BEAVERBROOK ART GALLERY: 6-month membership
NB FILM CO-OP: 1 pass to Silver Wave Film Festival AND 1 ticket to Monday Film Series screening
HARVEST JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL: 1 ticket to JJ Grey and Mofro
GALLERY CONNEXION: Guided tours
CHARLOTTE STREET ARTS CENTRE: Guided tours
“This kind of collaboration among arts organizations is a first for Fredericton,” says TNB Artistic Producer Caleb Marshall. “We’re excited to be coming together to introduce people to a world of cultural experiences in their own backyard. This is a great opportunity for newcomers to the city, young professionals, empty-nesters or anyone who’s been wanting to try out a new arts experience but hasn’t.”
The Passports to the Arts go on sale Thursday, AUGUST 15th at The Playhouse Box Office at 686 Queen (in-person sales only). You may only be a Passport holder for one season and the Passport benefits are non-transferable.
Passport to the Arts has been made possible through the generous support of the City of Fredericton.
About the Arts Organizations Involved:
Fredericton Playhouse Inc. is non-profit, charitable organization which manages and develops the Fredericton Playhouse, the capital’s premiere live performance venue. The award-winning organization delivers programs, services, and facilities to provide Greater Fredericton with enriching liver performance experiences – contributing to the overall quality of life, and to the health and economic vitality of the community it serves. www.theplayhouse.ca
Fredericton’s only profession theatre company, Theatre New Brunswick is one of Canada’s oldest and longest running regional theatres. Their professional Main Stage and Next Stage productions offer extraordinary made-in-New-Brunswick theatre that inspires and entertains audiences while celebrating New Brunswick’s best theatre artists and content. www.tnb.nb.ca
Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada is a neo-classical ballet company dedicated to performing original works by one choreographer – Artistic Director Igor Dobrovolskiy. The dancers of the Company are a unique corps of artists who bring brilliant technique and transforming characterization to the stage. Mr. Dobrovolskiy uses the solid foundation of classical ballet technique as a springboard for an expressive dance lexicon characterized by intense drama, and powerful, lyrical structures which explore the human condition. www.atlanticballet.ca
Symphony New Brunswick is a fully professional orchestra. Under the direction of Michael Newnham, SNB performs as a full orchestra in its Bravo Series and has a Virtuoso Series of concerts with the Saint John String Quartet or Ventus Machina. www.symphonynb.com
As the officially designated art gallery of New Brunswick, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery presents a rotating schedule of contemporary and historical exhibitions that give focus to the art and visual culture of New Brunswick and the Atlantic region, as well as of Canada and Britain as reflective of the particular nature and strengths of the permanent collection. www.beaverbrookartgallery.org
The New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-op supports the independent film community province-wide with equipment access, training, community building and networking opportunities. Its exhibition activities include the Silver Wave Film Festival, Monday Night Film Series and Under the Stars: Classic Film Series. www.nbfilmcoop.com
Over 400 Musicians, 150 Performances, 27 Stages, six City Blocks, six Incredible Days, one Happenin’ City! Fredericton comes alive for six days each September as hundreds of world class performers appear on stages conveniently located in Fredericton’s beautiful and historic downtown during the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival. You’ll find something to tempt every musical taste – all at a price that’s easy on the wallet. www.harvestjazzandblues.com
The Charlotte Street Arts Centre opens the doors of creative expression to all. The Charlotte Street Arts Centre is a focal point for creation, education and presentation in the arts. Contemporary art, dance and music studios are featured inside this local historic site, as well as provincial cultural organizations, co-ops, wellness studios, and various galleries filled with traditional and new media. Outside, visitors will find a Culture Garden with aboriginal sculpture, urban murals, a gazebo and bird and butterfly gardens. www.charlottestreetarts.ca
Gallery Connexion is an artist-run centre that exhibits the work of artists who might not otherwise be able to find an appropriate venue in the region. Our programming promotes experimental artistic practices, including installation, performance, writing, music, and interdisciplinary work, from across the country and abroad. As the Organization for the Development of Artists, we also support the artistic and professional development of contemporary artists in Fredericton, and in the Atlantic Region. Anyone with an interest in contemporary art, in the discussion of important social and political issues, is encouraged to become a member of Gallery Connexion and become involved with our community. Gallery Connexion is a member-driven organization, and public admission to art exhibitions is free. www.galleryconnexion.ca