Charlotte Street Arts Centre is raising funds in support of its Accessibility Expansion Project.
Charlotte Street Arts Centre | Media Release
Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 29th at 3 pm! Join us at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre while we host our benefit concert featuring Vivian Ni and friends. Enjoy a wonderful arrangement of instruments, such as violin, piano, vocals and a string quartet. All proceeds from the concert will go towards funding the Charlotte Street Arts Centre Accessibility Expansion Project.
In 2015 the Charlotte Street Arts Centre celebrated its 10-Year anniversary as Fredericton’s only community arts centre. Since opening its doors, the Centre has hosted thousands of events for literally hundreds of thousands of participants. Located in a 130-year old heritage school building, the Charlotte Street Arts Centre was transformed by a group of dedicated volunteers committed to opening a space in downtown Fredericton where the community could actively engage in artistic endeavours to fulfill personal and community interests.
While the Charlotte Street Arts Centre has the benefit of operating in a beautiful, historically rich space, there are distinct challenges associated with maintaining and working in an older building. For the organization to extend its reach into the community, it is necessary for the Charlotte Street Arts Centre to renovate the building to make it more accessible and user-friendly. To be more accessible, both physically and operationally, the organization plans to install an elevator in the building and modify some of the internal spaces to make common areas reachable by all users.
The expansion sees an addition on the side of the building, housing a physically accessible entryway, box office, lobby and elevator that leads to the basement and upper floor, making the building fully reachable for all users. Within the building, modifications have been made to allow for a backstage in the 150-seat auditorium, a greenroom, a wheelchair accessible washroom and an accessible multipurpose room that also houses a kitchen for catering. Through this expansion, four additional rooms have been carved out that will be rented to artists and/or arts organizations seeking permanent space.
The Charlotte Street Arts Centre has virtually changed the way that arts experiences and programming are delivered in Fredericton. Sustained through revenues generated primarily through rental of it spaces and programming delivered with various partners, the Charlotte Street Arts Centre has proven itself essential in the Fredericton community. Its success yields further interest in usage for various arts activities that require the building to be fully accessible and usable to the public.
Special thanks to the exceptionally gifted Vivian Ni who is generously offering her time and talents to this valuable project. As well as the other 16 musicians that will be joining her on stage. Vivian was awarded first place in violin and piano at the 2015 American Protégé International Concerto Competition Intermediate Category with the gala concert that was hosted at Carnegie Hall. That same year, she placed second with honourable mention at the 4th Tureck International Bach Competition for Young Pianists and second place in violin and piano at the 2nd Edition of ENKOR International Piano and Violin Competition. She was the third place winner in violin at the 57th Kocian International Violin Competition. Vivian has been accepted into the National Youth Orchestra of Canada this year and, in the summer, will be trained at the Music Niagara’s Performance Academy Program.
Special Guests: Maggie Kerr, Amanda Zhang, Emma He, Talia Kennedy, Rose He, Alicia Ingalls, Jerry Yin, Chelsea Ahn, Sienna Cho, Nadia Ingalls & Tony Nicholson
String Quartet: Nina Cruz, Gerry Zhang, Phillip Ingalls & Mia Mclean
Vivian Ni + Special Guests | Charlotte Street Arts Centre | Sunday May 29, 2016 | 3 p.m. | Admission by Donation