Street closures around the NAC during Ottawa Race Weekend

Message from the National Arts Centre Foundation CEO - October 2018

Jayne Watson © Marnie Richardson

A new season of music, theatre and dance is always a reason for celebration. And this September we have another cause for celebration as we look ahead to 2019 and the 50th anniversary of our beloved National Arts Centre. We will have many exciting events to mark this milestone year, which you’ll be hearing about soon.

An important anniversary is the ideal time to take stock of what we’ve achieved and where we’re heading.  It’s impossible to look back without recognizing the unwavering support of our donors.  The projects we’ve become so well known for would not have happened without your generosity. 

New Canadian creation is a big part of what we have to celebrate as Canada’s National Arts Centre.  We’re proud of our Creation Fund and the inspiring works of art it makes possible including a new work from Peggy Baker Dance Projects, which you can read about in this issue.  Investing in big, bold Canadian projects underscores that the arts matter in Canada.

It’s important to tell Canadian stories on Canadian stages and by investing in new creation we’re giving our artists a way to help build and knit our country through our shared experiences.  On behalf of every Canadian artist with a story tell and the thousands of people who will be inspired by these stories, I’m grateful to everyone who supports new creation.  

Our supporters have been a key part of every success at the NAC for the past half century.  You are also the reason the NAC can look ahead to the next 50 years with pride and excitement because you’ve shown us the art of the possible.  With a new leader, Christopher Deacon, at the helm, the NAC will continue to be a catalyst for performance, creation and learning.  With caring supporters like you by our side, the best is truly yet to come. 

With gratitude,

Jayne Watson

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