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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Metro's Visually Creative Artists Society opening

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2007 at 3:39 PM

The One World Cafe might be gone, but all is not quiet at the cafe's former home (2412 Agricola). The space that was once our dearly departed cafe is now the headquarters of Metro's Visually Creative Artists Society, a collective devoted to helping those interested in photography and the film industry pick up professional skills without breaking the bank. "Not everyone can afford to go to a CompuCollege or a community college, they really cannot," says Andrew Tench, the society's director of communications. Pros are brought in to help artists hone their skills in all areas of film production—from camera wielding and wrangling, to sound production and make-up application. Tench helped form MVCAS two years ago, with the future in mind. He and his business associates are currently securing funding for a project aimed at helping Nova Scotia's film industry grow and become more culturally diverse. The project, if successful, will result in the construction of huge, locally based (and multi-culturally staffed) film studios. "And that's what the Creative Artists Society came up out of," says Tench. "A necessity to train Nova Scotians for larger projects later on." While MVCAS won't be serving you coffee or a delicious One World-style lunch anytime soon, the society is interested in providing artists of all kinds with a place to work—which means its space can be booked by the hour by photographers who need somewhere to shoot, actors wanting a quiet place to run lines, and bands looking for somewhere to rehearse and/or perform. Shows at the One World space? Maybe you can go home again.Contact the society at, or call 830-2993.

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