The Guild arts space turns around its fortunes after nearly closing
5 times more customers, new renovations and more staff highlight success
The Guild arts facility in Charlottetown is reporting a big turn-around in its fortunes, with more patrons, more hired staff, and more support going out to Island artists.
That's quite a change from four years ago, when the theatre and art gallery closed down for six months because of a lack of money.
Since reopening, they've seen visitors increase five-fold, and full-time staff has gone from two to four.
Plus, The Guild has been better able to fulfill its mandate to support Island artists, giving out more than $30,000 worth of subsidies last year.
"Subsidized performance space, professional development, gallery subsidies, as well as even the office spaces that are only rented out to people that fit in with that mandate and that criteria," said The Guild general manager Alana Jankov.
Last year, The Guild had over 250 performance events in the theatre, offered 100 free rehearsals, and 24 gallery exhibits.
Jankov said one of the keys to turning things around was attracting the flagship musical Anne and Gilbert for the last three summer and fall seasons, which provided about 75 per cent of The Guild's patrons.