2020-07-01

LAMP goers to enjoy cushioned concerts

by Gayle Wilson

  • <p>GARRY WOODCOCK, PHOTO</p><p>Board members of the Lunenburg Foundation for the Arts presented 50 cushions to the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance on June 22. Shown here, left to right: Laurie Swim, Burt Wathen (LAMP artistic director) , Sheila Woodcock and Mimi Findlay.</p>

While music enthusiasts have happily alighted upon the wooden chairs in the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance's (LAMP's) concert hall to enjoy premier-quality events, once LAMP opens up again post-pandemic they may be even more delighted to do so.

That's because there now will be cushions on the hard chairs, sewn and donated to LAMP by volunteers with the Lunenburg Foundation for the Arts (LFA).

On June 22, three LFA board members delivered 50 cushions to the academy, and presented them to Burt Wathen, LAMP's artistic director.

The cushions were originally made for use during winter at the Sunday Afternoon Art Movies series, offered jointly by LFA and LAMP.

According to an information brief from the LFA, a grant from New Horizons for Seniors allowed the LFA to purchase audio-visual equipment to show the movies. There was a small amount of money left over from that, so LFA's vice-president, Mimi Findlay, set out to source fabric, foam, and volunteers to sew the cushions for the hall. To give them that final professionally finished touch, she arranged to have the LFA name added to each one by Embroidered Promotions of Blockhouse.

"With the pandemic having had such a devastating effect on all of Lunenburg's arts and cultural activities this year, collaboration amongst the various arts organizations is going to be vital for survival," the brief suggested.

The LFA's mandate is to ensure the arts have a vibrant future. It offers grants for projects that contribute to the quality of life in the community. This year's application deadline for the grants is September 30.

Details are on the website www.lunenburgartsfoundation.ca. As a registered charity, the LFA welcomes contributions to help sustain its grant program.

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