We are excited to share some updates about the River Clyde Pageant, including great news about funding, date changes for the pageant performances, and a request to help us with a Spring Funding Drive to make this exciting community arts event happen in the most spectacular and satisfying way possible. So, the great news first:
- We were successful in our application for a Canada Council grant! Last month we received word that we’ve been awarded a grant from the Canada Council Artists and Community Collaboration program. Although we received less than we applied for, it’s enough to cover the basic costs of the pageant, and it means that for the first time since we started dreaming over a year ago about a magical community performance on the beautiful River Clyde in New Glasgow, we know for sure it’s going to happen! Another great thing about the grant – it wouldn’t have been possible with out the many letters of support we received from project collaborators in the local community, expressing their commitment to the project. CBC broke the news about our successful funding application a couple weeks ago.
- The dates of the Pageant have changed slightly. Originally, we had planned to have pageant performances in mid-August 2016. We have adjusted the performance dates to Saturday July 30th and Sunday July 31st. That means we’ll start workshops for the various aspects of the pageant on June 25th, with stilt-walking workshops beginning earlier in June.
- We’ve launched a Spring Fundraising Drive to cover the difference between our original project budget and what we received from the Canada Council. We’re hoping to raise $10,000 by May, and we have already received $1500 towards this goal. If you’d like to donate, or you know someone else who might want to support the River Clyde Pageant, please let Megan know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any size donation helps!
We will be posting further updates and news about the many options for pageant participation. In the meantime, if you have questions or ideas about any aspect of the pageant, please get in touch with us, via email or using the handy contact form on this site.
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