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Heffner Toyota, Region of Waterloo and two individuals step up in support of local art movement

Collective Identity calls on community to help fund Fast Forward Waterloo Region

Kitchener, ONCollective Identity, a group of local artists is taking over the fourth floor of THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener with an exhibition titled Fast Forward Waterloo Region. The exhibition featuring twenty local artists also features various mediums – paintings, sculptures, performances and more – that depict what the culture of Waterloo Region might look like in 2050.
 
Fast Forward Waterloo Region will be presented by Heffner Toyota who has stepped forward with a generous contribution in support of local artists. In addition, The Region of Waterloo was the founding partner, and David Marskell, CEO of THEMUSEUM and Alan Quarry, CEO of Quarry Integrated Communications have put forward $500 each to be matched by the community.
 
No matter what you can offer, $500 or $5, every bit helps,” says Marskell. “Fast Forward Waterloo Region is the first of, hopefully, many events that will help revitalize the local art movement within Waterloo Region and I am delighted THEMUSEUM can play a part.”
 
Terre Chartrand of Collective Identity is calling on the media, local developers, corporations, start-ups and the community to support this important beginning of a cultural renaissance, the artists and future initiatives.
 
“We’ve hit $7,500 already and hope to get to $12,000 before the opening next Wednesday. With this kind of funding, we can provide all of the artists with compensation,” says Terre Chartrand, artist and co-curator of Fast Forward Waterloo Region. “It’s so important to pay everyone fairly for their work.”
 
Artists include: Allie Brenner (concept/installation), Amy Ferrari (paintings), Amy Roger (painting), Barbara Di Renzo (metal/installation), Brian Douglas (photography), Carl Hiebert and Deb Cripps (photography/installation), Desi Lichty (painting), Dominique Cinq-Mars Delay (mixed media/installation), Heather Franklin (drawings), Isabella Stefanescu (concept/installation), James Nye (paintings), James Usas (film/installation), Jane van Pelt (photography), Jax Rula (fibre arts), Joe Martz (photography), Jennifer Gough (painting), Kirk Zurell (video/installation), Laura Snider (sculpture/installation), L.T. Doherty (sculpture/installation), Nicole Battista (concept/installation), Ralf Wall (painting), Robert Linsley (painting/installation), Shaun McFee (painting), and Terre Chartrand.
 
Fast Forward Waterloo Region will be on display from Thursday September 17 to October 4, 2015.
 
More information will be available online at www.THEMUSEUM.ca.

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