Carl and Kate Turkstra never sought the limelight as they quietly supported Hamilton arts organizations big and small.
Founders of the Incite Foundation for the Arts, the Turkstras believed the arts are key to quality of life and critical to the future of Hamilton. And they believed anyone, regardless of circumstance, should be able to enjoy and pursue music, theatre and visual art.
Hamilton lost tremendous patrons in Carl, who died May 22, 2022 and Kate, who joined him on Jan. 21, 2023.
But their legacy carries on in Incite, which since its founding in 2011 has contributed more than $5 million to 30 Hamilton-area organizations in grants from $2,500 to $150,000
They did much more than sign cheques. Kate and Carl sat on boards, they bought art, they attended performances and they convinced others to get involved…