“We are excited and grateful to partner with Cenovus to help kids that need financial assistance to come to Artstrek,” notes Keri Mitchell, Theatre Alberta Executive Director. “Memories made at Artstrek last a lifetime and you never want a family to say, ‘We just can’t afford it.’ With Cenovus’s help, they don’t have to!”
Cenovus Energy is a Canadian oil company. It is committed to applying fresh progressive thinking to safely and responsibly unlock energy resources the world needs. The company looks to create shared value by collaborating with community organizations through its community investment program. Cenovus concentrates its community investment in three core areas: learning; safety and well-being; and sustainable communities.
Artstrek is a summer school for teens that explores the exciting world of theatre and theatre production, and has been in operation in Albert for over 50 years. During a week in residence at Red Deer College, students study various theatrical disciplines and develop skills in leadership, creative thinking and teamwork. In the past eight years, there has been a waiting list of students who wish to participate.
Theatre Alberta offers partial scholarships for Artstrek applicants in financial need. In the past, this funding came from our operational funding. This year, 15 students are receiving Theatre Alberta Scholarships to attend Artstrek. By applying Cenovus Energy’s donation towards the Scholarship program, Theatre Alberta is working to ensure that Artstrek is accessible to all Albertans, regardless of ability to pay.
“Artstrek is a place where I feel safe to be myself. We are all cut from the same cloth though we come in different shapes and sizes.” (Artstrek 2011 participant.)