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APA New Brunswick Road Trip

November 1, 2018 | In order to get a clear picture of our member's needs & see first hand the amazing work each of them is doing we are hitting the road during 2018-2019.

Beautiful venues & inspiring conversations met us at each new venue we came upon during out travels.

When we realized the Musique NB 2018 Gala would be in Caraquet, NB we took it as the perfect chance to visit presenters we don't always get to see! October 25th Kate & Rebecca hit the road and had the chance to speak with a handful of presenters who are doing amazing work in New Brunswick.

Our first stop took us to The Town of Sackville. We met with Ron Kelly Spurles who works with the Town of Sackville. Ron also works as the Artistic Director for Live Bait Theatre! We chatted about what Atlantic Presenters Association is all about & learned about all of the amazing arts & culture events happening in Sackville.

Before we could digest all of the amazing information from meeting #1 we were off to Mount Allison .We had a chance to peak into Brunton Auditorium. It is a 300 seat theatre with a very cozy feel. Lots of exciting ideas came from our meeting at Mount Allison Department of Music. We can't wait to share them but for now they will remain in the APA idea vault.

Next stop was Riverview Arts Centre. The folks at Riverview were gearing up for their show with Contact East Alumni. The Fortunate Ones. Julie had to dash off to grab the artist rider items. So, Kate & Rebecca tagged along to help out. Then, after a few hours of driving, we made it to Musique NB Festival 506 Award Gala. Shout out to Jass-Sainte Bourque who was the amazing host of this year's gala. Congrats to all of this year's winners and nominees. It was a pleasure to be able to make this year's awards.

Friday morning came fast and it was time to meet Rejean Poirier of Musique Saint-Joachim. Thanks for humoring our sleepy brains Rejean! Greeted by sunbeams coming through stained glass we had a feeling we would be entering a beautiful venue & we were not mistaken.

All the inspiring conversations & driving called for lots of coffee. Luckily, The Vogue had awesome coffee just across the street at Creative Grounds Cafe. We could have spent the whole day there. Victor & Diane of The Vogue Group filled us in on all of their triumphs and upcoming projects.

Our final stop was the Carrefour communautaire Beausoleil. Line Thibodeau has been with the facility for 18 years! The facility incorporates a school (for preschool to grade 12!); library; theatre; art gallery; gym and tons of community activies. By the end Kate & Rebecca were ready to move in. Line told us about her experience of getting to see kids start out in the preschool and move on to become adults working as full-time artists. As we listened to her stories we had the chance to see the impact of a school integrating arts & culture into its everyday. Two kids, about 4 years old, took their father into the art gallery and with great enthusiasm showed him their favourite pieces from the 'Peace Friendship Culture' show that is currently showing in their gallery.

The trip was only two days but packed with inspiration and new ideas on how we can serve our members. We can't wait to get on the road again to see more amazing things happening around Atlantic Canada.

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