The Queens Arts Council Society is official and ready for launch.
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Beth George, secretary of the new Queens Arts Council Society, introduces herself next to Elizabeth brown, president of the council. The two announced the launching event of the council at the first general meeting.
A group of around 15 artists and artisans met on Sept. 17 for their first general meeting to discuss the council and their mandate. Memberships were taken that night as well.
The council wants to focus on education, events, supporting artists within the community, acting as a voice for the arts, and stimulating interest in the arts.
A Halloween themed event is being planned to launch the council. Several months ago, the proposed arts council heard from the head of the Shelburne Arts council that grants for arts councils are easier to be acquired for events but also arts councils need to prove they are viable before getting operational grants.
The arts council is partnering with the Queens County Museum to create a two-day event. The Queens County Museum has been hosting their Big Boo/Little Boo event for several years now and it is their biggest fundraiser of the year. The Halloween event entails a more tame walk around the museum for small children and a more intense event for teens and adults where guests can expect to walk through the darkened museum and encounter spooky situations.
The idea for an expanded event had already started to take shape when Beth George along with Phaedra Charlton-Huskins and Kathleen Quinlan, owners of Fiore Botanica, got together with the museum.
The festival is taking place on Oct. 19, called Fall Fright. The event will start with a costume parade at 1:30 p.m. from Fort Point to the Queens County Museum where children will decorate pumpkins, bob for apples and watch a magician. Several local businesses have helped pay for the magician and donated candy and other items.
Other weekend events include a talk from author Vernon Oickle on his haunting stories, a Haunted Hike from The Perkins House to Fort Point (not advised for children under 10), a presentation from the Crossed Over Paranormal Society, and a community wide house decorating contest.
The council is looking for donations from the community for the event, such as art supplies like paint, googly eyes, and felt are needed for the pumpkin decorating contest. Prizes for a costume contest and for the house decorating contest are also needed. Volunteers are needed for the events and clean up as well.
Brown says she thinks the event is a good way to get the council started.
“I think one of the mistakes any volunteer based group makes is to take on more than they can handle,” says Brown.
Brown says a few small events would help establish the council in the community and prove their reliability.
The council also discussed a winter art event to take place during the large curling tournament that will be held in Jan. 2014.
The council’s website has contact information and more information on their mandate and the Fall Fright. It can be found at www.queensartscouncil.ca
The arts council can also be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/QueensArtsCouncil