Looking back on the NAC’s 2019–2020 season, one word rises to the surface of my mind: gratitude. Yes, the season was unsettling, challenging and so much more, but the events of 2019–2020 shone a wonderful light on all that we have to be thankful for.
Almost immediately after our stages went dark in mid- March, the NAC created #CanadaPerforms, giving our country’s artists a “virtual stage” to perform on, and with partnership from Facebook and individual supporters like you from across Canada, financial support in the form of artists’ fees.
Millions of people from across Canada and around the world tuned in to the livestreams and expressed their gratitude to the artists who brought joy and solace to their homes during a difficult time for many.
As we continue to adapt to these changing times we are reminded again and again how performing artists add a dimension of beauty, wonder and fullness to our lives. NAC Foundation donors and sponsors know this, and we are beyond thankful for your support.
We are grateful to live in a time when we can find unique ways to connect to the arts through technology. But as we know, nothing can really replace the magic of live performance. We look forward to the day when stages across the country are lit and the halls are filled, but in the meantime we remain forever grateful for our artists and for wonderful supporters like you.
History In the Making: Impact Report 2019-2020
Part I - The Impact of Your Giving
As we look back on the 2019–2020 season, we are sincerely grateful to supporters like you for championing the performing arts in Canada. Here are just some of the highlights we’re celebrating thanks to your support of the National Arts Centre:
- The inaugural season of Indigenous Theatre
- The return of BIG BANG
- The NAC Orchestra romances listeners with a quartet of recordings
- From pirouettes to floor-flips, dance education helps aspiring young dancers perfect their moves
- Something for everyone at your NAC: public programming
- #CanadaPerforms: Canada's digital stage
- NAC English Theatre brings together artists and audiences to reimagine theatre for tomorrow
Part II - You, Our Amazing Donors
Dedicated supporters like you are continuously there behind-the-scenes as we work together to transform lives through the magic of the performing arts. Your generosity plays a huge role in keeping the performing arts thriving on stages across the country as well as in countless grateful hearts.
With deepest thanks,
Chief Executive Officer, NAC Foundation