Canada Post’s Community Fund supports Baxter Arts Centre

BOOST FOR BAXTER (Middle from left) Gillian Maloney and Sharon Hart from the Baxter Arts Centre accept a $17,000 cheque from Canada Post’s Greg Martin and Tawnya Brown. (Jason Parks/Gazette Staff)
JASON PARKS

STAFF WRITER

Canada Post has delivered a healthy envelope for a Bloomfield-based arts organization and its youth programming initiatives.

On behalf of the Canada Post Community Foundation, Bloomfield Postmaster Tawnya Brown and Area Superintendant Greg Martin presented a cheque worth $17,000 to the Baxter Arts Centre at the Canada Post office on Main Street in Bloomfield on late last month.

The presentation also included the unveiling of a community stamp with the Baxter Arts Community centre on it.

“Our mission is to make art accessible to all and part of that mission every year is for children,” Gillian Maloney, Baxter Arts Centre board chair. “A grant such as this, I can’t tell you how grateful we are.”

Founded in 2011, The Baxter Arts Centre is a non-profit agency that bills itself as a place where Creativity meets Community and provides arts programs for residents of Prince Edward County and visitors.

The BAC’s mission is to create a wide range of arts and education programming, maintain the Don Baxter Memorial Building and local history as well as share the well designed space to inspire and promote community events in the heart of Bloomfield. Maloney said the funding will go toward upgrading the lighting system along with providing new arts programs for kids and youth. The new programs include a new healthy cooking class for kids 9 to 12 years old and a Zine making program for youth 13 and up.

“The money we make goes toward providing better programs,” she said. “Art is such a lovely thing for the children. Our programs are very well-subscribed…We are thrilled to have been the recipients of that funding.”

In Summer 2023, BAC is expected to introduce additional Summer Camps and offer 75 spaces at a 50 per cent discount. In 2022, Summer Camps sold out in three hours, with a wait list of over 50 children hoping to join the group for programming. We hope to expand our offerings so that we can meet the need for summercamps in the community.

In addition, this grant will cover the installation of new track lighting, which will allow Baxter to hold art shows, performances and so much more. Program Manager, Gabriele Cole, understands the value this grant will contribute to the community centre.

“We are beyond delighted to be acknowledged by the Canada Post Community Foundation as valuable member of the community. This grant will enhance the community centre by providing us with professional lighting, ensuring we can host musicians, and theatrical performances,” Cole said. “Our regular life drawing class will also benefit from this improvement. We can not wait to be able to host drama programming next year and have so many special programs lined up that we can now offer to the community for free.”

Martin thanked Maloney for helping Canada Post deliver on its commitment to providing a brighter future for children.

“Canada Post Community Foundation is one of the best examples of Canada Post’s commitment to its purpose – a stronger Canada delivered,” Martin said. “The Foundation’s grassroots community based approach allows us to make a real difference across the country.”