Q & A with Michele Collins, Arts Club Board Member 150 150 Archway Publishers

Q & A with Michele Collins, Arts Club Board Member

We caught up with Michele Collins to talk about her experience hosting an event at the BMO Theatre Centre, and learned a bit more about why she supports the Arts Club as a donor and a Board Member. Michele brought 50 clients to a performance of Onegin in March, and the results were fantastic!

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Michele Collins outside the BMO Theatre Centre. Photo by Mark Halliday

Why did you choose the Arts Club to host your event?

I believe it is important to give back and participate in organizations that make our city great. Three years ago I was asked to join the Board of Directors for the Arts Club. Over those three year, I learned that only 50% of the costs to produce the performances that Vancouverites have enjoyed for decades are covered by ticket sales. One of the ways we help to raise funds is through performance sponsorship, and I wanted to support that.

Tell us about your event! What were the highlights?

I recently sponsored a performance of Onegin and hosted 50 clients at a reception before and during the performance. I love my clients and am truly honoured by their business. This was a wonderful way to say thank you; my clients felt very special. Some of my guests are very involved in the arts in Vancouver and were very appreciative of the lovely and personal presentation with Veda Hille before the show. Others are new to Vancouver, or new to the arts, but all—from 20- to 80-year-olds—loved this production and the evening as much as I did. It was great to connect with my clients and learn about their interests outside of real estate. Onegin was a magical production, which my clients loved and appreciated as much as I did.

Would you recommend other companies do corporate events with the Arts Club?

I would highly recommend one of the venues the Arts Club has to offer to any company looking to host their clients and make them feel special. There are many options available, but my hearts is in our new BMO Theatre Centre. This new theatre started as an idea when I first joined the Board, and all the hard work has resulted in such a beautiful space that I am very proud to be part of. The team at the Arts Club can help tailor fit an event that works for any corporate event goal.


Plan a memorable night for your clients and business partners with a sponsored performance at one of our three stages! To book an event at an Arts Club show in the 2016/2017 season, contact Stephanie Cardwell at 604.687.5315, ext. 267.


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