July 
2019
REAA NEWSLETTER 
A newsletter to keep you informed about what's "up with arts."

Letter from the BOD President:
Dear Friends,

It's starting to really feel like summer these days-not only because the temperature is rising, but also because we're gearing up for the start of our 31st season of Summer Drama Workshop. We are happy to see many friends returning this summer, but also to see so many new faces, particularly in our Little Theater program, which has nearly doubled in size for this summer. It's wonderful to see this community growing in size and strength. We hope you'll join us for one of their performances in July and August!

We're about to enter budget season, which means lots of planning for the year ahead, and we are so excited about what's in store. Check out a 2019-2020 sneak peek below and keep your eyes out for more details in this newsletter and on our website in the next few months!

Thank you as always for your support!

Best,

Anna Klashka
President, REAA Board of Directors



Auditions for The Addams Family

The River's Edge Players are back this fall with The Addams Family musical October 25-27 at First Church in Marlborough. We're looking for a ghoulish cast of characters to bring this show to death... ahem, life. Sign up for an audition slot for August 11 and 12 to join us! Full production details and audition sign-ups are now available on the REP website. Come get spooky with us!


Summer Drama Workshop

Are your kids registered for Summer Drama Workshop? Don't forget to submit your Medical Information Form as soon as possible! Students can't attend camp without this important information

SDW families get two complimentary tickets per camper (keep an eye on your email for information about this in the coming weeks), but for anyone else interested in attending the campers' performances, tickets are now available on our website!
Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Programs

We know, we know - summer has just started, how can we be thinking about the upcoming school year already? We have so many exciting programs in store, we just can't help it! Keep an eye out in the coming months for school-year and vacation programming, new productions, and even more opportunities for creative types of ALL ages to engage with our community and MAKE ART!

For now, mark your calendars for River's Edge School of Music registration beginning August 9! Returning students and current REAA members will have early access on August 2. Registration is first come, first served, so make sure your membership is current to snap up your preferred time and location before it's gone!
For Our Members
  
Are you an REAA member? If you are, you may have noticed we've been changing the way we manage our memberships. We received a generous grant this fall from the Foundation for MetroWest, which has allowed us to begin using Neon CRM, a new system that is streamlining the way we do all of our work, from program registrations and ticket sales, to member communications. This system allows us to remind you when your membership is up for renewal, so you don't miss out on the benefits we offer to our valued members throughout the year. If you see a message letting you know that your membership is due, make sure you jump on it and join us for the coming year!

In the future, this system will also help us make registration easier for our members and accessing your benefits even more convenient. 

As always, we are grateful for your support of the arts through your membership. Every single dollar of your membership dues is having an immediate impact in our community:

  • One membership can help fund our Art in the Hall program for an entire year;
  • Five memberships provide art supplies for free community events throughout the year or purchase the rights for a short play production;
  • Ten annual memberships support a scholarship for a Summer Drama Workshop participant or provide a stipend to bring a first-class local musician to Hudson for a performance.
All memberships help keep ticket fees and participation costs down and help to defray operating costs so that we can continue to provide flagship programs and develop new ones, while keeping the arts accessible to all.

Individual membership ($50/year)
Household membership ($50/year)
Senior/student membership ($30/year, for individuals only)

Non-profit and arts organization membership ($60/year)


For more information on what our membership offers, please visit our webpage:
Membership webpage   You can also renew your membership right on the site!  
River's Edge Arts Alliance Board and Staff:

2018 - 2019 Board of Directors
Anna Klashka - President
Danielle Neuffer - Vice President
Kevin Santos - Treasurer
Julie Bolduc - Secretary
Julie-Anne Burdick
Ron Sorgman
Christopher Griffith
Denise Hurley
Casey Eliopoulos

Junior BOD members:
Blaine Stanczak - Marlborough High School
Brianna Hamel - Marlborough High School
Maya Levine - Hudson High School
Lucy McCabe - AMSA
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Chief Administrative Officer - Danielle Griggs

To learn more about our leadership, please visit our leadership website:  

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Here is a link to our last Annual Report:  http://upwitharts.org/annual-report/
   
Want to help drive the arts in Hudson? Join our board!
Seeking candidates to join our
Board of Directors

If you're receiving this email, you already know better than most the power of the arts to build community and drive economic development in our area. Hudson and its surrounding area are in the midst of an impressive surge of regrowth, and we at REAA are doing everything we can to make sure the arts are central to that conversation. 

If you are passionate about the arts...
If you want to help make lasting changes in Hudson and beyond...
If you care about the ways our community is growing and changing and want to be a part of it...

Join our Board of Directors! As a board member, you'll get to to provide feedback on our current programs, help guide new programming, and bring a fresh perspective to drive REAA priorities in the future. You'll help make our programs happen in a practical and immediate sense, attending meetings, volunteering at events, and acting as an advocate for the arts within your own circle.

A healthy board is a diverse board. An arts background is NOT a prerequisite! We also need appreciative audience members, professionals with financial expertise, leaders with broad nonprofit experience, parents of school age children and retirees... There's a seat at the table for a range of backgrounds, and we'd love to hear your voice.

There is NO financial commitment to join our board, just a love of the arts and community, and a passion to make the organization even stronger!  Please e-mail us at: bod@upwitharts.org for an application or for more information.
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