COVID has been a stressful time for many businesses and non-profit organizations, and the Music School is no different. We have had to make tough decisions over the last couple of months, including to close our doors to prevent the spread of the virus. For most students, lessons were transferred to a virtual format, and while certainly not ideal, it was a great alternative in a chaotic situation.
We are working on forming a plan to reopen our musical doors for lessons this Fall for private lessons, which, as I’m sure you know, involves several moving pieces. Social distancing in small classrooms, sanitizing processes for every person and instrument, maximum capacity requirements…the list goes on. Using the Worksafe BC COVID-19 Safety Plan, we are confident we will be able to meet the provincial and health requirements.
Through all of this uncertainty, we received some very welcome news. We are very excited to announce some COVID relief that has been so graciously given to us through a grant by the Vancouver Foundation. The Vancouver Foundation exists to bring together community assets to address current and emerging community needs. They set up an Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF), offering grants of up to $50,000. The ECSF is a rapid response fund program initiated by the Government of Canada through an investment of $350 million to charities and non-profit organizations across Canada. Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), United Way Centraide Canada (UWCC), and the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) are working together with the federal government to deploy funding at the local level.
With this grant, we are able to continuing doing what we do best: continue to build community within our school, while supporting and encouraging future community leaders through the art of music.
You may have taken a drive by the Music School sometime in the past 7 weeks, and noticed our beloved Smith House getting some work done. The beautiful pillars on the front of the house were in need of some attention, as the bottoms were rotting. As you can imagine, this is a lot of work and takes community support to be successful. We are deeply grateful to the Kalamalka Rotary Club, for their generous grant donation to help us on our quest.
We would also like to thank and acknowledge The City of Vernon for awarding us a grant through the Heritage Restoration Grant Program. This grant also help us on our quest to restore the historic Smith House.
Below are some photos of the restoration thus far:
We would also like to acknowledge Willerton Engineering for all of their time and dedication put into this project. The Music School is so grateful for their expertise, we would not have known where to start without them.
As well, we would like to acknowledge Greyback Construction for all the work they’ve done to restore our Smith House. Not only do the pillars look incredible, but they will withstand another century of wear. Greyback’s knowledge of the structure of heritage homes is extensive, and their professionalism and craftsmanship exceeded our expectations.
We are so excited for you to see the finished product this summer! When the Smith House Restoration Project is finished, the Smith House should be standing for another century.
Wahoo! Happy Wednesday! Just a reminder that registration is OPEN for students wanting to take private music lessons this Fall! If you are already a student at the Music School, make sure you connect with your teacher to let him/her know you’ll be back for one on one lessons in September. Then click on our link for the registration form www.vernoncommunitymusicschool.com/registration/ and fill it out for the 2020/2021 school year.
Once filled in, you can either scan it and send it back to the office, mail it in to 1705 32nd Ave, Vernon BC, V1T 2J3, or drop it in our mailbox out front of the school if you are going for a drive.
We are looking forward to the new school year, and will let you know when the school is allowed to reopen, and what that will look like. Stay up to date on here for all the latest information!
All packed up and ready to go! It seems like now is a really great time to show someone else how much you care about them. What’s a better way than sending them our @vernoncommunitymusicschool Kindness Cards! Each package contains 5 cards with envelopes for $10, and you’ll be helping support the Music School during COVID-19 at the same time! It’s a win-win situation 😊 Call the office to make arrangements to pick yours up before they’re gone! #vernonbc #kindnessmatters #showsomelove