When Arts Alive was formed nearly 30 years ago, it filled a need for the provision of arts summer school activities in the City. Since then, 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, Wellington 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”. We believe that we have sufficient funds to enable us to offer our very successful Senior Musical Theatre course, for ages 12 to 19, in July 2014. We are working with the play director to select a musical that will offer challenges to those taking part and top flight entertainment to our audiences. We will be announcing the details here very soon, so check back often!
The information currently on the Program pages on this website relates to the courses we offered in July 2013. If you feel able to help us in our deliberations as to how these courses might be updated to reflect the present needs of the community and secure the future of Arts Alive, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Go to the Contact Us link and share your thoughts on the future of this great Nanaimo institution.
IN THE NEWS: Check out what's in the papers about Arts Alive HERE and HERE