Message from the National Arts Centre Foundation CEO - January 2018

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Jayne Watson © Ottawa's Valberg Imaging

A new year is upon us – a time to reflect and be thankful for all that is good in our lives.

There is much to be thankful for at the NAC and supporters like you are a big part of the reason why.  Thanks to your generosity, promising artists are given a chance to learn and perform on Canada’s stage.  Brilliant new works are being developed and premiering in front of audiences.  And young people are getting their first taste of live music, theatre and dance through education and outreach programs.

All of us at the NAC are grateful for your support.  I’m delighted to enclose our annual Stewardship Report giving you the opportunity to look back on the achievements we celebrated together last season. 

For example, the NAC Orchestra’s Canada 150 Tour touched thousands as it celebrated the 150th anniversary of Confederation through music.  In June, our Canada Scene festival presented 1,500 artists from the Atlantic to the Arctic to the Pacific.

And the brilliant legacy project ENCOUNT3RS, the NAC’s landmark commission pairing three composers with three choreographers will be performed on stages for years to come.

Of course, 2017 was the year we opened our rejuvenated NAC.  Since July, thousands of patrons and visitors have delighted in our stunning new spaces.

The beginning of a new year is the ideal time to reflect on our past achievements.  It’s also a time to look forward to the year ahead.  With you by our side, I can’t wait to celebrate the joy 2018 will bring.

With gratitude,

Jayne Watson

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