When Arts Alive was formed nearly 30 years ago, it filled a need for the provision of arts summer school activities in the City. Arts Alive grew and at its peak our July Summer School served almost 600 young people and adults.
In recent years, numbers of participants have been falling. The Board of the Society has responded by making many changes to our programs. Whilst some of these have been very successful, the overall trend of lowering registrations has not been reversed.
In 2013, the need to relocate the Summer School to South Nanaimo, when our venue for many years, Wellngton School, was being upgraded, proved to be yet another issue for parents and led to even further reductions in our registrations. As a result, Arts Alive made a large loss in 2013, leaving us with only very modest reserves with which to enter 2014.
The Board of the Society has decided that, in 2014, there are insufficient funds to enable us to go forward and offer a full slate of Summer School activities. We are working on an in depth review of possible future activities, and very much hope that this will enable us to find a structure which reflects the current needs of Nanaimo residents, and to offer a selection of exciting courses in July 2015.
In the meantime, Arts Alive remains a “going concern”, and our 2014 Summer School will consist of our very successful Senior Musical Theatre course, for ages 12 to 19, in July 2014. The play selected is "The Drowsy Chaperone". The course dates, audition and booking information will be posted in late March.