If you have paged through this site, you may have landed on our organizational mission. Comprised of four-parts, the mission has not changed since we were incorporated in 2009. We continue to challenge ourselves to:
A recent development on the Elliot Lake Arts scene is the purchase of the former United Church by the City. I'll admit had ARIEL the wherewithal we would have purchased the property for a performance venue. Our membership is comprised of visual artists, thespians, and musicians. The Art Gallery we are developing will service only one of our audiences, as it is too small to be a flexible space.
ARIEL was not the only group interested in the future of that former church. Every choir, acting troupe and dance group wanted that building. There was one City department, however, that was as eager as the rest of us to acquire that space - Recreation and Culture. When the former arts centre closed, due to the collapse of the roof, Elliot Lake also lost its museum.
ARIEL supports whole-heartedly the plan to re-establish our heritage museum in the new purchase. That said, we wonder if it is possible to do more with the building than house the museum. Could it become a flexible space that would allow performances too?
So the Board of Directors of ARIEL, inspired by its mission, is hosting an Arts Summit, October 22, 2023 at Collins Hall from 1 to 5 PM. We are inviting all stakeholders to bring their best ideas, questions and concerns to the event. What we share will be captured. ARIEL will write a report based on the information gleaned and present it to the Department of Recreation and Culture for consideration.
The City has not asked us to do this. The meeting is not authorized by the City. However, the City owns the building now. So if there is to be a dialogue about the building and its use, the City must be included.
You don't have to be a member of ARIEL to participate. You just have to have a passion for the arts scene in our City. The event is free to all. Please RSVP because that will aid us to plan an effective event. ARIEL ARTS SUMMIT (mailchi.mp)
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