Matching grants making a difference

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Opera Maine’s Opera Teens program:  Opera Maine’s teen program is very dear to the company in that it offers a place for teens to gather and share a common interest.  The ability to explore an art form with guidance and supervision from experts in the field brings a sense of possibility and belonging to teens.  Opera Maine shares in their enthusiasm and is grateful to OVI for their help in bringing the Opera Maine Teen program activities and events to life. This year Opera Teens performed in a concert for the community and participated in a vocal masterclass led by Opera Maine Chorus Master Shannon Marsh Chase.  Several teens in the program performed in The Marriage of Figaro, and all in the program were given tickets to Figaro and Three Decembers.  The teens also provided invaluable office help and acted as volunteer staff at company events.

Muskoka Opera Festival:  With the help of OVI’s matching grant, the Muskoka Opera Festival Committee was able to hold a marketing workshop.  Designed as a “Marketing Sharing Circle” they invited other volunteer organizations from the area to hear experts from Ontario government and town of Bracebridge share their expertise on marketing resources and strategies and on volunteer recruitment and retention. 

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