Quinte Arts Council celebrates 50 years in region
Jack Evans/For The Intelligencer Jennifer Hardenne (left) is welcomed by the arts council chairperson, Jenny Woods, as the new general manager at the annual meeting of the Quinte Arts Council. The council met last week at The Belleville Club.
A 50th anniversary year of great accomplishments and major change was reviewed at the annual meeting of the Quinte Arts Council last week.
The meeting, held at The Belleville Club, was highlighted by the departure for new ventures by long-time executive director Carol Feeney, office assistant Kim Lidstone, who left to take a full-time job, and Carol Bauer, who has been a staffer ever since the council started, opting for retirement. Replacing them are Jennifer Hardenne as general manager and Paul Rye as bookkeeper.
Despite being hampered by lack of funding most of the time, the council looked on its 50th year as one of much activity. For example, fulfilling its role of promoting arts in the community, it arranged visits to several city and area schools by various artists and craftspeople, demonstrating their skills firsthand to young children. These included traditional native skills at York River School near Bancroft and a Medieval theme presentation at Foxboro School.
An even more impressive achievement last year was getting the agency’s finances back into the black, largely through cost efficiencies. The council office also underwent major renovations to expand its display area.
The council also awarded some major bursaries to talented local young people including Thomas Abbott of Trenton, Paige Vilneff of Centre Hastings and Jessica Vilneff of Moira Secondary. Last summer, the council also benefitted from a federal program to hire a summer assistant, Matt Kanayok.
With most of the council’s board of directors returning for another year, the nomination process added three to fill vacancies including Janet Jarrell, Laurel Hoard and Anne Cunningham.