The Trail & District Arts Council is pleased to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director, Joeann Argue. Starting at the beginning of September, Joeann has been working closely with Nadine Tremblay to learn the ropes of managing both the Arts Council and The Bailey Theatre.
With a long history in the arts, Joeann has been involved in every aspect, including performance, programming, administration, development and almost twenty years as an arts educator at the university level.
Joeann contributed to the development of Nozhem: First Peoples Performance Space at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. Nozhem is the only theatre dedicated to Indigenous performance in a university institution in North America. She also worked on the development of Indigenous Performance Studies at Trent and taught in the program for more than ten years.
Most recently, Joeann is the co-creator and Artistic Director of the Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival, the only Indigenous Fringe Festival in the world! The festival takes place in June in Nogojiwanong / Peterborough.
Joeann says, “As a recent arrival to the Trail area, I was very excited to discover the strong and vibrant arts community here. I believe my skills and history in the arts community, my ability to build and navigate relationships with people and organizations, and my collaborative approach to decision making, will bring creative and innovative ideas to this community. I am passionate about supporting artists of all genres and providing the wider community the opportunity to experience diverse, inclusive, and exciting arts experiences.
For the last ten years Nadine Tremblay has been acting as both Executive and Artistic Director at the Trail & District Arts Council and has been with the Arts Council since 2007. Nadine now feels that the time is right for the organization to become more sustainable and move to the next level.
Tremblay will be staying on as Artistic Director, and says, “I am excited to be working closely with Joeann to continue to grow our organization, support the local cultural community, and continue to bring great performers to Trail. My role will be more around programming and community engagement, which are my favourite parts of the job.”
The Trail and District Arts Council (TDAC) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to foster the arts in Greater Trail by providing services and resources to the arts, cultural and heritage community. TDAC aims to raise awareness of the arts and offer the community a way to experience the diversity that arts and culture have to offer. In addition, TDAC manages the Bailey Theatre and for over 40 years has presented professional and emerging artists in and around Greater Trail and now presents over 70 events annually.
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