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The Azrieli Foundation Donates $2 Million to the NAC Foundation's Creation Campaign

The National Arts Centre Foundation is thrilled to announce a $2 million gift from The Azrieli Foundation to support its Creation Campaign. Launched in September 2016, funds raised from the Creation Campaign will support the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund which will invest in the development of new work by artists and arts organizations across the country.

Dr. Sharon Azrieli-Perez, an award-winning soprano, knows first-hand the need for artists to have the time and resources they require to fully realize their vision for their work. “There are so many talented, exciting and innovative artists in this country. The National Creation Fund will help them reach their full potential, bringing new ideas and perspectives to audiences across Canada through the wonderful conduit of the performing arts.”  The Azrieli Foundation is committed to creation coming to life from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

Gail O’Brien, Chair of the Creation Campaign, said “The Azrieli Foundation’s remarkable gift will bring us new creations in theatre, dance and music—works that are compelling and ambitious and might not otherwise have developed beyond their infancy. On behalf of the National Arts Centre, Canadian artists, and future audiences, thank you.”


For 28 years, the Azrieli Foundation has been quietly funding institutions and operating programs that increase knowledge, encourage creativity, preserve memory and generate innovative, practical solutions. The Foundation supports the arts, scientific and medical research, higher education, youth empowerment and school perseverance, architecture, Holocaust education and quality of life initiatives for people with developmental disabilities.


The National Arts Centre collaborates with artists and arts organizations across Canada to help create a national stage for the performing arts, and acts as a catalyst for performance, creation and learning across the country. A home for Canada’s most creative artists, the NAC strives to be artistically adventurous in each of its programming streams – the NAC Orchestra, English Theatre, French Theatre and Dance, as well as the Scene festivals and NAC Presents, which showcase established and emerging Canadian artists. The organization is at the forefront of youth and educational activities, offering artist training, programs for children and youth, and resources for teachers in communities across Canada. The NAC is also a pioneer in new media, using technology to teach students and young artists around the globe, by creating top-rated podcasts, and providing a wide range of NAC Orchestra concerts on demand. The NAC is the only bilingual, multidisciplinary performing arts centre in Canada, and one of the largest in the world.



Rosemary Thompson,
Director, Communications and Public Affairs
National Arts Centre
613 762-4118

Carl Martin
Senior Communications Advisor
National Arts Centre
613 947-7000 x560