MASC Newsletter Winter 2019-20 English 2019 Newsletter in single pages

WINTER 2019 - 20 WWW . MASCONLINE . CA 30 years young! As MASC enters its 30th year, we have much to celebrate: many new members to the staff team, a brand-new board of directors, wonderful artists from diverse communities representing all disciplines as well as a host of strong, engaged partners, funders and volunteers. Today, as throughout the past three decades, our work is rich, with artists offering programming to audiences across Eastern Ontario and West Quebec. We now work with 210 artists and reach over 120,000 participants offering performances, workshops and residencies in school and community settings. MASC was co-founded by Jennifer Cayley and Jan Andrews 30 years ago and called “The Chance to Give”. In 1989 Jan and Jennifer planned an event for the National Library of Canada featuring professional artists from diverse backgrounds to be part of a public exhibit, to which students were invited. Jan and Jennifer invited Menaka Thakkar, a professional dancer from India who had recently arrived to Canada to participate. Menaka said she would be thrilled to be involved, saying that all those who emigrate to a country just want a CHANCE TO GIVE back. And so, “The Chance To Give” organization was born, the name of which was later changed to MASC. We invite you to peruse these pages, get to know our new and enthusiastic MASC team and our exciting new diverse board of directors who bring vast experience to the organization. You’ll learn about the amazing opportunities MASC offers to people of all ages as well as our upcoming 30th anniversary. Have a read and get involved! Register for Festivals, nominate your students, donate to our 30th anniversary campaign or invite an artist into your community! There is much to look forward to in this coming year; please join us in celebrating MASC’s 30 years of bringing the arts to you! Would you prefer to receive this electronically? If so, please contact info@masconline.ca