Charlotte Glencross

1949 – 2007
Artist, Educator, Advocate, Visionary

Charlotte & Her Work

About Charlotte Glencross

Fredericton Arts & Learning, and the Charlotte Street Arts Centre, were greatly saddened by the death of Charlotte Glencross in October 2007. Her energy, commitment and dogged determination initiated the founding of the centre.

Charlotte was a force to be reckoned with, and her vision of an arts centre in Fredericton, bringing many arts disciplines together under a single roof, inspired others to rally around the project. Over a 10-year period, Charlotte lobbied, cajoled, wrote endless grant applications, negotiated and pulled together the people, money and goodwill to bring the Charlotte Street Arts Centre into existence.

When the old Charlotte Street School was acquired for $1, she gave up her position as the founding president of Fredericton Arts & Learning to dedicate her immense energy to chairing the Building Committee. There she coordinated the work of volunteers, staff, building trades, volunteers from the 4th Engineer Support Regiment at CFB Gagetown and anyone else she could bring in to update the 1884 building and make it suitable for an arts centre.

Charlotte served on virtually all committees of the organization and in October of 2005, she saw her vision become reality as tenants moved into the spaces and breathed life and creativity into the centre. In 2006, Charlotte received the Award for Excellence in Community Cultural Development, for her work establishing the Charlotte Street Arts Centre.

To honour her vision and commitment, the board of Fredericton Arts and Learning named the Centre's exhibition space The Charlotte Glencross Gallery. An untitled abstract weaving was donated to the Centre by her husband, Jon Thompson and remains a permanent feature of the gallery, along with the dedication to Charlotte.

The dedication in the centre's gallery reads:

Charlotte Glencross

1949 – 2007
Artist, Educator, Advocate, Visionary
This exhibition space is dedicated to the memory of Charlotte Glencross, in recognition of her unstinting effort and dedication to the Charlotte Street Arts Centre. Charlotte’s vision, commitment and energy were fundamental to the creation of the Centre in this historical building, Fredericton’s oldest surviving elementary school. 

As Founding President of Fredericton Arts & Learning, she mobilized individuals, governments, local businesses and foundations to support the necessary renovations to make this centre a reality as a vibrant addition to the city’s cultural scene.

Her insistence on outreach programming ensured a strong link to the broader community even before the centre opened.