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Love the New West arts scene? Massey Theatre Society needs new board members

Volunteer board oversees two theatres and a new 35,000-square-foot arts complex
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The Massey Theatre Society is seeking new members for the volunteer board of directors that oversees two theatres and the new Eighth & Eight performing arts centre.

Do you want to help shape the future of New Westminster’s arts scene?

The Massey Theatre Society is looking for new volunteer members for its board of directors.

The society was established in 1983 as a venue-based organization, but its mission has since grown: it now operates two theatres and a 35,000-square-foot arts complex that encompasses parts of the old New Westminster Secondary School.

The theatres in question are the Massey Theatre, the 1,260-seat facility established in 1949 that’s now at the heart of the new Eighth + Eight arts complex, and the Anvil Centre Theatre – a 360-seat flexible theatre established in 2014 in the city’s arts and convention centre downtown.

Board members will be part of a vibrant and growing organization, the society notes.

“The past five years have brought significant growth in venue activities, organizational capacity and program development. The organization is a significant generator of artistic and community programs,” says a press release from the society. “It holds a long-term lease of the Massey Theatre and complex and a programming and operating service agreement at the Anvil Centre Theatre.  (Massey Theatre Society) is poised to grow and increase its impact.”

The society is looking for people with one or more of the following:

  • a passion for the arts
  • an understanding of and interest in the not-for-profit sector and community development
  • experience with capital fundraising or with a major capital project
  • an interest and understanding in strategic development or financial planning
  • an understanding of and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

The Massey Theatre Society programming and facility operations are carried out by a team of arts professionals, with the volunteer board taking a governance role to support the long-term preservation and stewardship of the artistic facilities and relevance of programs in support of artists, the arts and its community service mandate. The next two years will see advancement in a long-awaited capital renewal and expansion into the Massey Theatre and complex.

The society is seeking to develop a diverse board that’s reflective of the full spectrum of heritages, ages, abilities and gender identities present in the community. 

Anyone interested should contact Jessica Schneider at jessica@masseytheatre.com with a resumé and cover letter. Applications are due by Sept. 24, 2021.

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