Message from the National Arts Centre Foundation CEO

Jayne Watson

Jayne Watson

Photo: Ottawa's Valberg Imaging

Fall is always an exciting time at the National Arts Centre.  There’s a feeling of anticipation as we build up to the opening of a brand new season, similar to what children feel when they go back to school in September. We can’t wait to see what the year has in store.

But this fall is especially thrilling for patrons and subscribers who haven’t yet had the chance to see the amazing new spaces in the building.  The new Elgin Street entrance, City Room, O’Brien Atrium and Susan Glass & Arni Thorsteinson Staircase have drawn a lot of attention from tourists and visitors since they opened on July 1st.  And, now that fall has arrived, the excitement is building among our dedicated donors as much for the physical elements of the NAC as it is for the world-class programming our artistic colleagues have planned for our stages this season.

For me, personally, it was a privilege to attend the Opening Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting on Canada’s 150th birthday.  We had 150 people cutting the ribbon to officially open the NAC including patrons, artists, architects, construction workers, NAC staff and members of the public along with His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, His Excellency David Johnston, Mayor Jim Watson and other dignitaries.  We were honoured to have His Royal Highness here and just as thrilled to have so many friends of the NAC who wanted to be part of such a special day.

As we raise the curtain on a new season, I hope you’ll check out all our beautiful new spaces as well as see the breathtaking performance your support helps make possible.  I also hope you know how grateful I am that you’ve chosen to come on this journey with us.  The impact of your support can be felt here at the NAC as well as on stages and in classrooms across the country.  It can be felt in the heart of everyone anticipating our exciting new season.  Enjoy.

With gratitude,

Jayne Watson

NAC Foundation / Fondation du CNA