THANK YOU FROM THE MEAFORD CULTURE FOUNDATION
The Meaford Culture Foundation would like to thank the Meaford Chamber of Commerce and the Meaford Rotary Club for continuing with the 2020 Meaford Community Awards during these difficult times. In these frightening times of stress and self-isolation, it is important that there are good news stories that champion the positive things that are still happening in our community. We are particularly proud to have been awarded the Special Merit Award! Sponsored by the Municipality of Meaford, this award recognizes exceptional effort within our community by a volunteer organization or service club. There are so many amazing groups in our community that are worthy of this recognition and we are humbled to be in their company. Our volunteer Board of Directors tirelessly donate their time and efforts to ensure that Arts and Culture are vital components in the social and economic welfare of the Municipality of Meaford. We would also like to recognize and share this award with our incredible army of volunteers. Without their herculean efforts, events like MIFF and various Community Outreach performances would not be possible.
It is a very difficult time for everyone right now but particularly those companies and individuals whose income relies on arts and culture programming. The impact of the cultural sector is more evident than ever as all performance spaces, including Meaford Hall, have had to close till further notice. Restaurants that normally rely on packed houses on event nights have also been forced to close and are trying to survive on take-out business alone. Local Farmers Markets, Wineries, Distilleries, etc. that also count on tourists and drop in business are also closed and relying on online sales to stay afloat. We encourage people to order from these businesses as a show of support in these trying times.
We have already had to postpone one of our scheduled Community Outreach performances, and are, like everyone else, watching and waiting to see when things might return to some semblance of normalcy. We are still meeting online to determine how best to move forward as it is extremely important that we be prepared to continue our efforts to support arts and culture programming once this is over. We invite you to explore our website at www.meafordculture.ca to learn more about what we do and get updates on our programming.
It is easy to be negative but we encourage everyone to be strong. More than ever, we need to support one another. Reach out, even if it’s only virtually, to friends, families, neighbors and loved ones. Use this opportunity to recognize and support those essential services that are putting themselves on the line so others can self-isolate.
And finally, enjoy the endless varieties of entertainment that are still available as artists around the world find unique online ways to keep us connected in a wide variety of arts regimens. Yes, arts and culture are alive and well, and we need to be prepared to embrace our local arts heroes once this dark veil has lifted. Be strong and safe!