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Three Months of Free Programming at the Tett Centre for All

February 3, 2015 – from the City of Kingston website

The City of Kingston is offering free weekend programming for all ages at the newly-opened Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning at 370 King St. W. until the end of April. Funded by the City, with marketing support from the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (OCAF), this programming provides a sample of what the Tett has to offer to as many Kingstonians as possible.

Kinder and kid programming

Every Saturday at 10 a.m. begins with free kinder arts programming – a variety of disciplines including art, music, and drama will be explored.

On Sundays, enjoy family programming, including open story time with the Kingston Frontenac Public Library, open build with LEGO and DUPLO, and drop-in hip hop/breakdance classes for those aged 6-9 are on offered many weekends as well.

Youth, family and adult programming

The very popular music series at the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum will be visiting the Tett Centre once a month: on February 15, March 15 and April 12 from 1-3 p.m. enjoy performances from Gary Rasberry, Roger James, and Chris Jackson. This fireside music series takes place in the Tett’s Malting Tower. Complementing the fireside music series is the open drumming circle. On March 8, March 29, and April 19, join a variety of local drummers from 2-4 p.m. and listen to the rhythms or join in and make some of your own.

Tett tours, a historical look at the Tett from alcohol to art, run once a month as well. On February 8, March 8 and April 5 from 1-2 p.m. visitors will be guided through the Tett’s architecture and history.

And, not to be missed, Pauline Maracle will lead a two-day workshop on the Mohawk language and cultural traditions. On February 7 and 8, Pauline will lead the group through activities that pass on traditional knowledge. This two-day program can be either a stand-alone experience or the introduction to a 10-week workshop series. Registration for the 10-week series is available at the introductory weekend.

The Tett is the new home for eight local arts organizations: Joe’s M.I.L.L., The Kingston Handloom Weavers & Spinners, Kingston Lapidary & Mineral Club, The Kingston Potters’ Guild, Kingston Arts Council, Kingston School of Dance, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, and Theatre Kingston. There are eight additional studio spaces – the Creativity Studios – which have been rented to local artists and three spaces are available to rent for special events: the rehearsal room, the gallery and activity space, and the state-of-the-art malting tower.

The three months of free programming concludes with a performance of Still Waiting for That Special Bus by Alan Shain. This performance explores dating, romance and disability, all while waiting for the Para Transpo bus. The audience is invited to identify with a young disabled man facing issues of self-esteem, personal integrity and risk-taking.

For more information about events at the Tett, visit:

Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, media relations officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116 , or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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