Ah! Centre names award-winning gallery owner administrator
By John Campbell, Trent Hils IndependentMay 09, 2016 - Warkworth — Ah! Centre’s first administrator is the co-founder of a gallery that won two business awards from Northumberland County in 2014.
“It’s exciting,” said Rebecca Baptista said of her new job at the Arts and Heritage Centre of Warkworth, which she started last week on a one-year contract made possible with a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
“I feel really, really lucky to be in this position, I’m happy the place exists.”
One of her first tasks will be to set up an office at the centre, which she helped open in 2015 as a performer.
Trained in contemporary dance, Baptista is the co-founder and choreographer of Northumberland Contemporary Dance Collective.
She also established Impresario Artisan Market in Cobourg (since relocated to Port Hope) which won the county’s New Business of the Year and the Warden Arts Award for Outstanding Business two years ago.
With her experience in arts and culture in Northumberland, “I feel connected to the artists in the area, and to the heritage as well,” she said. “I love what the centre is doing.”