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Toronto – Toronto Arts Council (TAC) is pleased to announce the 18 Fellows selected to participate in the 2017 TAC Leaders Lab.

Now in its third year, the program is a unique partnership with Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity that includes a one-week intensive leadership retreat in Banff and monthly programmed activities in Toronto.  The goal of the program is to enhance leadership capacity for mid-to senior-level arts professionals in Toronto. It is designed for those who have demonstrated the potential to lead change in their organizations, communities or arts sectors.

Toronto Arts Council is delighted to be working with Banff Centre again this year” says Claire Hopkinson, Toronto Arts Council’s Director and CEO.  “We anticipate unparalleled learning opportunities for each of the selected arts leaders and a legacy of a strengthened arts sector contributing to city-building in Toronto in the years ahead.” 

The third-year cohort is an accomplished and diverse group from across arts disciplines, with experiences ranging from leadership roles in arts organizations and festivals to grassroots and local initiatives.  Collectively, their work uses arts strategies and approaches to increase civic-engagement, animate public spaces and create a more inclusive, accessible and culturally rich society.

“The Toronto Arts Council Leaders Lab recognizes and celebrates the critical role that arts leaders play in defining and driving progress in the City of Toronto” says Janice Price, President and CEO, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. The program creates the space for a deep examination of Toronto’s arts ecology and the broader city to which it connects. We are honoured to partner on this project with the Toronto Arts Council and look forward to continued energy and impacts around the city over the life of the project.”

TAC and Banff Centre are developing the Leaders Lab program to respond to the need for increased opportunities for cross-sector learning and collaboration among Toronto’s arts and cultural leaders.  TAC Leaders Lab is designed as a hands-on program that provides current leaders with the motivation and tools needed to redefine leadership and its role in building the creative city.

“Arts and culture matter now more than ever. They help us celebrate our common ground and explore new ideas in joyous ways.  A world class city like Toronto benefits from extraordinary cultural leadership, and we want to help that leadership achieve even more. Banff Centre is about improving practice: in arts and in leadership” says Russell Willis Taylor, Interim Vice President, Arts and Leadership.  “We are honored to partner with the Toronto Arts Council on this program.”

TAC and Banff Centre are also partnering with Ryerson University Faculty of Communications and Design to document and evaluate the Leaders Lab.  This partnership will create the opportunity to follow the cohorts and better understand the impact of the Leaders Lab on the local arts ecology and the refinement of the skill sets needed to support a vibrant future for the arts and for our city.

Year three of the program begins in February 2017 and will include monthly sessions in Toronto in addition to an intensive one-week retreat at Banff Centre in April.

2017 TAC Leaders Lab Fellows (photos & bios here):

Keith Bennie, Senior Manager Adult Learning, Toronto International Film Festival
Jonathan Bunce, Artistic Director, Wavelength Music
Suzanne Carte, Assistant Curator, Art Gallery of York University (AGYU)
Gilad Cohen, Photographer, founder and Executive Director of JAYU
Ella Cooper, Multimedia artist, educator, founder of Black Women Film!
Saada El-Akhrass, Arts Manager, British Council
Jasmyn  Fyffe, Choreographer, Director of Jasmyn Fyffe Dance.
Paola Gomez, member of PEN Canada’s Writers in Exile.
Shana Hillman, General Manager of Kaeja D’Dance.
Umair Jaffar, Performing Arts Manager, Aga Khan Museum
Myung-Sun Kim, Manager, Artists & Community Activation at The Theatre Centre.
Liz Kohn, Director of Communications for Artscape
Magali  Meagher, Founder and co-director of Girls Rock Camp Toronto
Soraya Peerbaye, Poet and author of Tell: Poems for a Girlhood
Robert Sauvey, Executive Director of the Dance Umbrella of Ontario.
Kim Simon, Curator, Gallery TPW in Toronto
Alanna Stuart, Singer, songwriter, and producer
Alison Uttley, Associate Director of Marketing at Luminato

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