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Help Us Build for the Future

Almost 60 years after the creation of Confederation Centre of the Arts, we are at an important inflection point in our organizational history. Built in 1964 as Canada’s national memorial to the Fathers of Confederation, the Centre has evolved over time into an important space for learning about how this nation was formed, and how our identity continues to evolve—with the arts as our messenger.

Through world-class art exhibitions, original theatrical performances, music, dance, education, and heritage programming, millions of visitors from Canada and around the globe have had the opportunity to experience the myriad of cultures, identities and stories that shape the Canada of yesterday and today.

Now, as we look ahead, this living monument is poised for its most significant transformation to date.

AS CANADA EVOLVES, SO MUST THE CENTRE

As this nation continues to learn, grow, and improve, the Centre has a duty to do the same. We believe in learning from the voices of all Canadians. We lead by listening.

Part of this journey began with our most recent strategic planning process, in which, together with a chorus of voices from a broad representation of stakeholders including Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, we refined the Centre’s priorities under three pillars: Artistic Excellence; Engaged Diverse Communities, and Organizational Sustainability. This road map expands on the Centre’s rich cultural heritage and guides us as we plan for tomorrow.

More than ever, we are committed to realizing these important goals. We can do this by increasing the ways we connect to one another.

A NATIONAL CULTURAL HUB AND CONVENOR—FUELED BY INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY

We must continue to tell stories in new ways, provide spaces for diverse cultural experiences and perspectives, and remove barriers to participation for all communities. This is the inspiration behind our largest capital infrastructure initiative since inception: the creation of the Centre’s National Cultural Leadership Institute (NCLI).

Integrated into the Centre, this new Institute will engage greater audiences through performing and visual arts, reflect our vibrant and rich cultural communities, ensure accessibility, and represent our shared voices–all while reducing carbon in a facility redesigned to showcase Canada’s commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability.

This is the moment to define our role as a convenor for exploring an evolving Canada; responding to increasing divisiveness with initiatives focused on intercultural understanding, sharing and learning from one another through excellence in arts and heritage programming. A focal point—for all.

Thank you for adding your voice to this important undertaking.

Steve Bellamy
Chief Executive Officer

Robert Sear
Chair, Board of Directors

Working with nationally-recognized architectural firm, Abbott Brown, the revitalization of Confederation Centre of the Arts will remove barriers to entry and engagement, and provide welcoming spaces for diverse communities. The original Brutalist architecture will be updated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy efficiency, and integrate the structure more seamlessly into its surroundings. The resulting spaces will be inviting, transparent, fluid and inclusive

Key to this new-generation sustainable addition is not only what has been planned for the future, but how we get there. The entire project prioritizes sound environmental stewardship through leading carbon-reduction standards for retrofits of historic buildings, maximizing the Centre’s ability to reduce our carbon footprint.

At the heart of the Shared Voices Capital Campaign is the launch of the National Cultural Leadership Institute — a first in Canada that blends the creation of new work with a discussion of national identities and community and professional learning. Adding to the Centre’s world-class theatre and gallery programming, the new Institute will enable the Centre to lead through three central levers and their respective spaces:

Create

The Arts Innovation Hub will significantly support the growth and development of new Canadian work in theatre, visual arts, and artist residencies.

Collaborate

The Arts Academy will actively strengthen the national arts sector as a training ground for artists and arts industry professionals, while building capacity in the Atlantic region, and serving the local community with accessible arts classes for everyone.

Connect

The Charlottetown Forum will provide a dedicated space and events for the discussion of Canadian Confederation and national identities. Whether a more inclusive account of our shared history or wide-ranging perspectives on Canada’s potential for the future, the Charlottetown Forum will facilitate a deeper understanding of the many identities of Canada.

“Confederation Centre of the Arts is holy ground for a kid from Petty Harbour. For a young Atlantic Canadian like myself, I needed a place close to home that showed me that we out here on the edges of the country could make great art, too. Maybe I would not have to move to Toronto or Chicago to make it. Maybe I could tell my own stories and sing my own songs. One step down the hallowed halls of this place and I knew I could be me. “

Alan Doyle | Musician and actor

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