River's Edge Arts Alliance 2018-2019 Annual Report

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AUGUST 2018JULY 2019

Dear Friends, What a year we’ve had at the River’s Edge Arts Alliance! We shared the role of President of the Board of Directors, and now we are pleased to share this annual report with you. The 2018-2019 season was one of firsts and new beginnings. We had a full year of staffing for the first time in several years. We adopted a new comprehensive database, NeonCRM, for everything from program registration, to ticket sales, to communications. We introduced new and expanded programming. And we welcomed new faces on our board and within our community. None of the work we did this year would have been possible without the support of our members, donors, sponsors, volunteers, and community partners. We are deeply grateful for the generosity that helps us make art happen! Sincerely,

Anna Klashka President, January-present

Lisa Schliker President, August-January

WHO WE ARE The River’s Edge Arts Alliance is a community of art-makers, art-appreciators, and art-supporters dedicated to providing a full spectrum of arts programming to MetroWest and Central MA. Our work is supported by a board of directors, a chief-administrative officer, a full roster of dedicated artistic contractors, and a village of partners from local businesses and organizations who collaborate with us to produce and promote art in the greater Hudson area.

2018-2019 Board of Directors Lisa Schliker, President (August-January) Anna Klashka, President (January-August) Karen Bishop, Vice President (August-December) Danielle Neuffer, Secretary (August-September) and Vice President (December-July)

2018-2019 Staff Danielle Griggs, Chief Administrative Officer Lisa Schliker, Consultant Debra Vanderwerf, Consultant

Julie Bolduc, Secretary (September-July) Kevin Santos, Treasurer Julie-Anne Burdick Christopher Griffith Denise Hurley Ronald Sorgman

THANK YOU TO OUR 2018-2019 COMMUNITY PARTNERS! Assabet Valley Camera Club Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School Avidia Bank Café 641 Creative Designs in Kitchens First Church in Marlborough First Federated Church Hudson First United Methodist Church Hudson Hudson Business Association Hudson Downtown Business Improvement District Hudson Portuguese Club Hudson Public Library Hudson Public Schools Hudson Recreation Department Hudson Town Hall Ideal Video Strategies Juniper Farms Lazer Sound Pro, Inc. Main Street Bank Main Street Studio Marlborough Chamber of Commerce Mullahy’s New City Microcreamery Office of Rep. Kate Hogan Rail Trail Flatbread Co. Serendipity St. Mary’s Credit Union The Landing at Hudson Mills UMass Memorial Hospitals VeeBop’s Ice Cream Vintage Café

WHAT WE DO The River’s Edge Arts Alliance brings a full spectrum of arts programming to Hudson, Marlborough, and surrounding communities. We offer opportunities to experience visual and performing arts through participation and attendance and contribute to the creative economy of our region. Our programs include long-standing favorites as well as new offerings that we evaluate year to meet the most current needs and interests from our community.

Theater Theater

River's Edge Players


Visual Arts

Arts Education

Community Events

River's Edge Chorale

Art in the Hall

Summer Drama Workshop

Community Festivals

Cafe 641

River's Edge School of Music

Artist Appreciation Concert

Vintage Cafe

STEAM Programming

River's Edge Holiday Concert


Winter Concert & Performance Series


2018-2019 FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE The financial performance of this fiscal year reflects some significant investments for the arts alliance that we anticipate will pay off in 2019-2020, including new leadership in our Chief Administrative Officer role; the adoption of our new NeonCRM system to manage memberships, registrations, and more; and initial expenses for the River's Edge Players production of The Addams Family in fall 2019.

Dear Friends, In my first full year with the River’s Edge Arts Alliance, I have been continually amazed by how much impact this relatively lean organization has on the greater Hudson community. The programs we provide, the audience we reach, the range of art we support, the lives we touch with that art, and the ways we contribute to our local economy are all a testament to the many, many hands that help lift up our work. This report provides just a glimpse of our activities, and the individuals and organizations who have supported them, during the 2018-2019 season. Know that our 2019-2020 programming is already well underway, and I invite you to join us for some returning favorites as well as new offerings. With many thanks for all you to do promote the arts in our community, Danielle Griggs Chief Administrative Officer

WHAT DID YOU HELP US DO IN 2018-2019? Provide 980 music lessons in public schools Enrich 1390 lives with public performances, concerts, and special events Introduce 68 students to the magic of theater Bring visitors from 71 communities to our local area Share work from 54 local visual artists

THE YEAR AT A GLANCE August Closed out a successful 30th season of Summer Drama Workshop with Once on this Island, Jr. and The Great Wolf Mashup!

September Opened three visual art exhibits: "Primary Colors" at Town Hall, Kara Waxman at Cafe 641, and Marsel Awad at Vintage Cafe!

October Celebrated fall at several community events; transformed a retail space into a theater for 11 one-act plays at the Pop-Up Play Festival; displayed work from Robea Nordman at Cafe 641!

November Opened the Assabet Valley Camera Club's photography exhibit at Town Hall and exhibited work by Stephen Beccia at Vintage Cafe!

December Rang in the holidays with performances at the Holiday Stroll and the River's Edge Holiday Concert and a festive holiday solutions bazaar featuring local artists and artisans!

January Kicked off 2019 with a "Winter Still Life" Art in the Hall exhibit and a night of Jimi Hendrix-inspired jams with AstroSasquatch to start the Winter Concert & Performance Series!

February Filled the Town Hall auditorium for a spicy, interactive performance from favorites Flamenco Boston with the Winter Concert & Performance Series!

March Opened "Buds, Blossoms, & Blooms" for Art in the Hall and Elliot Mednick's show at Cafe 641; celebrated St. Patrick's Day with an REAA members' reception at Medusa Brewery and a sold-out Celtic Night Winter Concert & Performance Series!

April Displayed work from Melba Juez-Perrone, Roszi Adean Moser and Paula Steffen; explored acoustics with a STEAM education workshop; and applauded students' progress at the River's Edge School of Music spring recital!

May Promoted local arts with kids' activities and performances at ArtsFest Hudson; raised money for the arts with our fourlegged friends at Paws for the Arts; opened "In My Neighborhood" at Town Hall!

June Kept it local at HudsonFest; sang along with Broadway's stars for Tony Night; drew a crowd for our Artist Appreciation Concert; and showed Denise Hurley's work at Cafe 641!

July Kicked off our 31st season of Summer Drama Workshop, featuring Disney Villains and Frozen, Jr. and the Summer Drama Showcase at Wood Park!

OUR SUPPORTERS 2018-2019 Individual Donors *includes in-kind gifts Jim Anderson Linda Brown Robert Cooke Janet Daigneault Bobbie Ewels Marnie Frankian Robert Gill Danielle Griggs Donald and Adele Gross Ellen King Kathleen and William Leon Maryalice McCormack Katherine and Neal Ogle Ken and Jan Patterson Teresa Quinn Kevin Santos Chuck and Lisa Schliker Melissa Silen Mark and Debra Vanderwerf Hilary and Christopher Yates

2018-2019 Community Business Partners These businesses and organizations supported the arts alliance with a donation, in-kind support, membership, or event sponsorship in 2018-2019. Assabet Valley Camera Club Avidia Bank Creative Designs in Kitchens Hudson Portuguese Club Ideal Video Strategies Main Street Studio Mullahy’s New City Microcreamery Office of Rep. Kate Hogan Rail Trail Flatbread Co. Serendipity The Landing at Hudson Mills UMass Memorial Hospitals

The River’s Edge Arts Alliance is also grateful for 2018-2019 grant support from: Berlin Local Cultural Council Bolton Local Cultural Council Foundation for Metrowest Hudson Local Cultural Council Marlborough Local Cultural Council Morgan Stanley Foundation Robert Lloyd Corkin Charitable Foundation United Way of Mass Bay and Merrimack Valley

2018-2019 Members Stephen Beccia

Maura Hollmer

Cynthia Rodday

Karen Bishop

Deborah Holt

Joshua Ruminski

Ellen Blake

Jennifer Horne-Elliott

Bruce and Janet Saluk

Kristen and Brian Blake

Denise Hurley

Rashmi Sastry

Cynthia and Greg Bockweg

Hope Joslyn

Joanne Sawyer

Julie and Christopher Bolduc

Melba Juez-Perrone

Natalie and Dominic Schiavone

Linda Brown

Michael and Pamela Kavaleski

Chuck and Lisa Schliker

Russell and Julie-Anne Burdick

Ellen King

Jena Schnell

Andrew and Marcia Burnett

Anna Kirejczyk

Ellen Seebacher

Ellen Busch

Anna Klashka

Linda and Warren Shelales

Ralph Caputo

Michael Klein

Ivan Slovin

Jason Caron

Catherine and Salvatore LaRosa Stephen Smith

Everett and Gretchen Carr

Valerie Leri

Ronald Sorgman

Tracey and James Carter

Mary Levesque

Anasophia Souza

Sheila Casto

Julie L’Heureux

Jennifer Stacy

Pamela Chiasson

Christina and Robert Luongo

Ronald Tango

Ellen Church

Susan Lynch

Kristine Togneri

John Coz

Todd and Maureen Mathieson

Mark and Debra Vanderwerf

Karen Crane

Kristin Matthews

Nick Wakely

Janet Daigneault

Sean and Noelle McCullough

Jennifer Wallingford

Stephen and Karen D’Alessandro

Laura and Matthew McDowell

Brian and Carrie Walsh

Masaka Dauria

Linda McLatchie

Kara Waxman

Tom and Trisha Desmond

Yvette Monstad

Colleen and Jeremy Weatherall

Angie Edmunds

Danielle Neuffer

Michelle Weatherbee

Nina Encarguez-Kalina

Amy Nicolosi

Shanna Weston

Angela FitzDaniel

Robea Nordman

Melanie Whapham

Amy Flanagan

Karen Nunley

Douglas Wooldridge

Sandra Garry

Katherine and Neal Ogle

Barbara and Ralph Worrest

John and Stephanie Gill

Andrea O’Keefe

Lindsay Yanklowski

Carolyn and John Paul Giugliano

Afeso Ologun

Hilary and Christopher Yates

Alison Gontarz

Manoj Padki

Assabet Valley Camera Club

Shannon Gorr

Roger Paquette

Brush and Easel, Inc.

Christopher Griffith

Mai Mai Pietrowski

Friends of the Hudson Public Library

Danielle Griggs

Thomas Powers

Le Petite Studio Photography by Nicole LeBlanc

Christine Hannan

Heather and John Reardon

Main Street Studio

Edna Harrington

Stacey Resnikoff

VeeBop Ice Cream

Jessica Hennessy

Beverly Rinck

Worrest Photography

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