Gail and David O’Brien donate $1.5 million to the NAC

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Gail & David O’Brien © O’Brien Institute for Public Health

On March 24, 2016 the National Arts Centre unveiled its Strategic Plan for 2015–2020. Entitled “Canada is our Stage”, the new plan reinforces the NAC’s commitment to champion performance, creation and learning across Canada.

The Strategic Plan emphasizes the National Arts Centre’s vision to become a catalyst for creation over the next five years and beyond. The National Arts Centre will also launch an Indigenous Theatre Department and expand its successful Music Alive Program to Atlantic Canada. Other ambitious goals include taking a leadership role in using digital technology and making steady progress in strengthening relationships with Francophone audiences and artists in the National Capital Region, in Montreal and across the country. 

Inspired by the National Arts Centre’s new vision for the performing arts in Canada, long-time donors Gail and David O’Brien, of Calgary and Toronto, are thrilled to announce an extraordinary gift of $1.5 million in support of the NAC’s future direction. Gail O’Brien, who is immediate Past Chair of the NAC Foundation Board of Directors and current Member of the NAC Board of Trustees said “David and I are proud to champion the performing arts across this country. I have long been committed to the work of the NAC, and am thrilled to contribute to this bold new chapter.”

Peter Herrndorf, President and CEO of the NAC, applauds the O’Briens’ generous gift, saying “Gail and David’s gift will support the NAC as it embarks on an era of excitement and change, of imagination and possibility. Thank you.”

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