Skeleton Park Arts Festival 2016 Announcement
For Immediate Release
March 2, 2016
Kingston Arts Council announces co-producer of
Skeleton Park Arts Festival 2016
Kingston Arts Council – the region’s primary arts information resource, dedicated to advocating for and supporting artists while fostering community development through the arts – is thrilled to announce that Skeleton Park Arts – a newly-formed, community organization – will lead the production of the 2016 Skeleton Park Arts Festival.
In December 2015, the Kingston Arts Council (KAC) issued a call for Letters of Intent for those interested in acting as producer of the 2016 Skeleton Park Arts Festival. After receiving and reviewing multiple applications, the KAC selected Skeleton Park Arts (SPA) for their collective experience in developing diverse and multi-disciplinary arts and festival programming, facilitating sponsorships, volunteer management and community engagement. All three founding Directors of SPA have been actively involved in the festival for years and live within the Skeleton Park community. Past KAC Artistic Director, Greg Tilson will take the lead on artistic programming and production of this year’s festival, while Wendy Huot and Matt Rogalsky will oversee production management and onsite administration. The KAC will continue to oversee all financial administration, support SPA in outreach and communications and maintain relationships with key funders during this transition year.
This transition ensures that the Festival returns back to the Kingston community, where it all began in 2006. In reflection of the KAC’s renewed vision and mandate the KAC will continue to play a role in the festival’s future as a supporter, advocate, and promoter in years to come. Collectively, the KAC and SPA are focused on delivering a Festival that is deeply rooted in celebrating diverse arts programming and strengthening deeper opportunities for community engagement, participation, and leadership that ultimately will help shape the future of the Festival.
“We were obviously thrilled when Skeleton Park Arts applied for this contract, given its three founding members have been directly involved with the festival since its inception,” says Bebhinn Jennings, Executive Director, Kingston Arts Council. “They bring unparalleled experience to this role and have demonstrated innovative and community-focused thinking in planning for 2016.”
"What was started as a local music event 11 years ago is now a multi-day arts festival including theatre, dance, film, and music and we’re really proud to be a part of it,” says Wendy Huot. Matt Rogalsky adds, “We’re excited about embarking on this project and working with the KAC. It feels full circle to be able produce the festival as an organization based in the Skeleton Park neighbourhood."
"As the festival transitions back to a more grass-roots model, Skeleton Park Arts is presented with many exciting opportunities for increasing participation and access to such a diverse multi-arts program,” says Greg Tilson. “Many thanks to the ongoing generous support from hundreds of local volunteers, partners and sponsors!"
About Skeleton Park Arts Festival (SPAF)
Skeleton Part Arts Festival is a multi-day grassroots celebration of diverse arts and heritage programming throughout Kingston, taking place June 22 – 26, 2016. At the Festival, Kingston area residents and visitors can enjoy a spectrum of arts and heritage activities including live music, multicultural arts traditions, public art installations, local craft, film screenings, theatre, literary readings, dance, and interactive theatre.
Skeleton Park Arts Festival aims to:
- Celebrate diversity within the Kingston community
- Raise awareness of the arts, heritage and culture
- Support partnership and community building through the arts, heritage and culture
- Promote Kingston as a cultural tourism destination
About Skeleton Park Arts (SPA)
Skeleton Park Arts is a non-profit organization that aims to increase appreciation and access for the arts in Kingston by providing diverse multi-arts programming. Skeleton Park Arts strives to bring together artists from a range of disciplines to present unique and collaborative artistic experiences in a variety of alternative venues while helping to increase community engagement and neighbourhood pride.
Matt Rogalsky is an interdisciplinary artist whose work is based in exploration of sound. His performances and installations have been presented widely in the Americas and Europe. He is also known locally as a member of musical collective The Gertrudes and producer of recordings for other artists, several of which have been nominated for Polaris and JUNO awards.
Wendy Huot is the owner of The Screening Room, an independent cinema in downtown Kingston. Since moving to town in 2006 for work, she has been an active event organizer & supporter within Kingston's alternative arts community. She has served in various capacities with The Artel, Apple Crisp, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre and the Kingston Canadian Film Festival.
Greg Tilson is a community organizer in Kingston, specializing in cultural events, such as festivals, concert series, and public art projects. With a strong background in education, and a creative, enthusiastic approach to learning, his strengths lie in his ability to inspire and bring people together through arts and culture.
About Kingston Arts Council (KAC)
The Kingston Arts Council (KAC) is the region’s primary arts information resource, advocating for and supporting artists while fostering community. As a funder, the KAC administers the City of Kingston Arts Fund and the Nan Yeomans Grant for Artistic Development. www.artskingston.ca
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Danika Lochhead, Outreach and Communications, Kingston Arts Council. Tel: 613-546-2787 / Email: email@example.com