Message from the National Arts Centre Foundation CEO - May 2017

Jayne Watson

Have you been to your National Arts Centre lately? 

Many of you have braved the recent construction to attend open rehearsals, masterclasses and performances.  I believe I speak for everyone at the NAC when I say thank you for your patience.

We made the decision to stay open during the renovations because we felt it was important to continue to offer great music, theatre and dance to our patrons during the construction process.  I’m so grateful you’ve chosen to stay with us as we’ve gone on this journey together.

We’re coming to the end of the first phase of construction and I hope you’ll mark July 1 on your calendar.  Not only will we be celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday, we’re also cutting the ribbon to the NAC’s new grand entrance.  There will be special guests to help us recognize this momentous occasion along with great activities, including two concerts by the wonderful NAC Orchestra.  The NAC will be in the heart of the action and I invite all of our donors to celebrate with us.

July 1 is a symbolic and important date because of Canada’s 150th, but leading up to that, starting in June, the NAC is proud to welcome more than 1,000 artists from across the country.  I hope you’ll get a chance to attend Canada Scene and get a head-start on celebrating Canada’s birthday through the performing arts.

Thank you again for staying with us during this important time in our history.  When you get your first look at our rejuvenated NAC, I’m sure you’ll agree the journey has been well worth it. And, I hope you’ll always know how grateful I am for your generosity.  There are many creative Canadian stories that need to be told.  Your support puts them on our stage and makes them available across the country.  That’s something we can celebrate every day.

 With gratitude,

 Jayne Watson

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