A Capital Campaign to Revitalize Confederation Centre of the Arts
Almost 60 years after the creation of Confederation Centre of the Arts, we are at an important inflection point in our organizational history. Established as a memorial to commemorate 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.
NATIONAL CULTURAL LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
At the heart of Phase I of the Shared Voices Capital Campaign is the launch of the National Culture Leadership Institute— a first in Canada that blends the creation of new work with 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:
Filling a gap in the Canadian cultural landscape, the Arts Innovation Hub will improve the availability and condition of these community buildings, providing essential resources for the creation of new Canadian work. It will feature an expanded theatre creation studio, artist-in-residence studios, rehearsal rooms, and digital capability enhancements, all for the development of original Canadian content.
A formalized Arts Academy will position the Centre as a leader in arts industry training, providing mentorship and professional development through renewed resources to a greater number of Canadian culture sector professionals. Building on 40 years of training programs in dance, music theatre, and visual arts, the Academy will expand to include mentorship in technical production, arts administration, fundraising, and human resources. This will also help address a skills gap in the Atlantic region where opportunities for professional training is limited in some disciplines.
Located at the site of the Charlottetown Conference, the renowned Symons Medal event has, for 20 years, engaged Canada in an annual conversation about an evolving Confederation. Expanding this event into the Charlottetown Forum provides the ideal convening place for diverse voices to share perspectives and ideas about Canada; a national focal point for listening, learning, and finding our way forward together.
ADD YOUR VOICE TO THIS IMPORTANT CHORUS
The arts play a crucial role in uniting us, challenging us, and in helping people understand the experiences of others. The Shared Voices Capital Campaign will enable Confederation Centre of the Arts to build on the dream established six decades ago—to create a place where our country’s history and multicultural character are celebrated, and where the artistic talent of our people is nurtured and showcased—and go even further.
More than a centre for the arts, we are a cultural convenor, a forum for dialogue, a national stage for thriving artistic expression. The establishment of the National Culture Leadership Institute will revitalize the Centre for generations to come and prioritize our commitment to Canadian creativity, community leadership, accessibility, and continuous improvement—ensuring the long-term viability of the Centre, and its impact on the arts, an evolving Canada, and the world.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Steve Bellamy | Chief Executive Officer | 902 628 6131 | [email protected]
Emily Smith | Major Gifts Officer | 902 629 1196 | [email protected]