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The St. Mark’s Arts Project

The mission of the St. Mark’s Arts Project is to support extraordinary artistic endeavours curated by the Margie Gillis Dance Foundation, with a focus on creation, reflection and humanitarian vision, through dance, theatre, and music.

The goal is to offer creation residencies, workshops, lecture demonstrations, showings of works in progress, and intimate performances, all in the sacred setting of St. Mark’s Church. It is important that this initiative embrace projects and artists with strong spiritual, humanitarian and health/well-being components.

While the church itself needs upkeep and repairs, with your help we can acquire the resources to house and support a modest, carefully curated, and impactful gem of an arts program.


A Little History

St. Mark’s Church is very dear to Margie’s heart: a family heirloom, a sacred and peaceful space, a place of gathering, inspiration and creation. The Church is on the outskirts of the village of Acton Vale. It was erected in 1863 and ministered by the Reverend Louis Campbell Wurtele, great grandfather of Margie Gillis. The windows in summer are covered with foliage. The church is sparse with high ceilings, it has astonishing acoustics, and evokes wonder at the purity of the sacred space.

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