“Think of it as venture capital for the arts world: that’s what the National Arts Centre says about its new $25 million fundraising campaign, which is designed to support artists across Canada creating new works,” reads an unsigned Thursday (9/28) article at Canada’s CBC website. “A typical arts group rarely makes enough from ticket sales for individual productions—say a dance or a play—to fund the creation of bold, innovative and adventurous new art, explained Jayne Watson, CEO of the Ottawa-based National Arts Centre Foundation…. The NAC is calling this the ‘Creation Campaign,’ with some of the money earmarked specifically for pieces marking the 150th anniversary year of Canada’s Confederation in 2017. The overall goal was to secure funding to help ‘transform the way that new work can be created for Canadian stages,’ NAC president Peter Herrndorf said…. The campaign is being led by a $5-million donation from Canadian philanthropist and businesswoman Gail Asper.… Including Asper’s donation, the NAC campaign has so far raised $23 million.” Ottawa’s National Arte Centre is home to the NAC Orchestra and also presents dance and theater productions.
Posted September 29, 2016