Early Spring 2016
Fundraising Concert April 22
Love is a Many Splendored Thing
The April 22nd fundraising concert will be at Scarboro United Church at 7 pm with Soprano Rachel Goldenberg and Pianist Heather Atagan. This is a joint fund-raiser for CASSA and for the Royal Conseratory of Music Alumni. Tickets are available from CASSA Board members and at the door. $20 for adults, $15 students/seniors and $50 for a family
Late Fall 2016
Registration for 2017
The 2016-1017 Newsletter will be arriving in your mail soon if you are a former camper. If you want to read it online, find it here.
Registration for 2017
Our 2017 registration is now available — just in time for Christmas. If you’re looking for a different kind of gift, one that will last beyond taking the wrapping off the package, register your special friend, spouse, or child for one of our Camps or Workshops. The warmth will continue for months.
2016 Tax Implications
As mentioned elsewhere in our news, the Liberal government has phased out the Children’s Art Tax Credits and the 2016 tax year was the last year to obtain the credits. You will need the receipt you received from CASSA. If you registered prior to December 31, 2016 for a 2017 workshop, it may be possible to use that receipt for a credit for your 2016 taxes. See this news page for details.
Musical Theatre Showtime Announced for 2017
Next July 2017, travel back in time with CASSA’s Musical Theatre Showtime: SAND, A Musical Dramedy. You’ll experience the twists, turns and tunics of the first century—and many other lessons along the way!
by Justine Cherry-Delisle
Late Summer 2016
Linda Kundert flanked by His Worship, Mayor Nenshi, left, and Councillor Richard Pootmans, righ
Linda Kundert Recognized by City of Calgary
The City of Calgary presented the 2015 Calgary Awards to recipients Sept. 28 in the Calgary Municipal Building Atrium. We are pleased that Linda Kundert, our president and artistic director, was one of the recipients of this prestigious award.
The Calgary Awards is The City’s citizen recognition program celebrating Calgarians and local organizations for their outstanding achievements and significant contributions to improve the quality of life in Calgary. Mayor Nenshi and members of City Council recognized the recipients at the ceremony.
The 2015 Calgary Awards recipients for the Community Achievement Awards – "Recognizes outstanding contributions and achievements in community life" were:
Citizen of the Year – David Pickersgill
Grant MacEwan Lifetime Achievement – Edward J. (Ted) Valentine
Arts – Linda Kundert
Commerce – Bleeding Art Industries Inc.
Community Advocate – Patricia McLeod
Community Advocate Organization – Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS)
Education – David Werklund
Heritage – Harry Sanders
Youth – Andrew Min
His Worship, Mayor Nenshi
Government of Canada Tax Credits for Arts
Keep your CASSA receipts: If your child was registered in Piano Camp or Musical Theatre Showtime or in music lessons, it may be possible to claim a tax credit when filing income taxes. According the Revenue Canada site, you can claim up to a maximum of $250 per child for the Canadian Children's Arts Tax Credit for 2016. (This has been reduced for the 2016 tax year.) This is also applicable to music lessons such as weekly piano lessons. This is the last year this is expected to be offered. Our new government reduced this for 2016 and will be eliminating it in 2017.
To qualify for this amount, a program must be ongoing (at least eight consecutive weeks, or in the case of children's camps, five consecutive days*), be supervised and be suitable for children.
The program also has to meet at least one of the following criteria:
- it contributes to the development of creative skills or expertise in an artistic or cultural activity;
- it provides a substantial focus on wilderness and the natural environment;
- it helps children develop and use particular intellectual skills;
- it includes structured interaction between children where supervisors teach or help children develop interpersonal skills; or
- it provides enrichment or tutoring in academic subjects.
* e.g. Piano Camp and Musical Theatre Showtime
Register early for your favourite Camp or Workshop