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Creative industries inherently rely upon shared experiences and, as a result, have faced immense impacts from COVID-19. While the future is beginning to look brighter as vaccination continues, true recovery for the arts and culture sectors may not arrive until 2022 and beyond. Despite the uncertainty of these difficult times, we must focus on resilience.

The Alliance for a Grand Community is excited to host a panel discussion, “COVID-19 Recovery in the Arts”, that will feature speakers from arts and culture fields from across Canada in a broad discussion of economic development, funding, and resilience as we prepare for post-COVID recovery. Our rich, diverse, and vibrant arts and culture sectors are more important than ever as we traverse these uncharted waters. Together, panelists will discuss how we ensure the viability of arts and culture jobs as sectors begin to reopen, and who will fill our audiences, connect with our visitors, and share our stories now and into the future. They will evaluate what this future might look like, and how we can ensure the success of these vital elements of our communities in the months and years to come. Our artists, designers, technicians, musicians, actors, dancers, administrators, and individuals and organizations from all creative industries need support to recover, reinvent, and re-emerge so that they continue to enliven and connect our communities.

Featured panelists will be Carolyn Vesely, CEO, Ontario Arts Council; Alysha Brilla, musician, music producer, and wellness facilitator; Jeremy Freiburger, Chief Connector and Cultural Strategist, CoBALT Connects; and Sanjay Shahani, Executive Director, Edmonton Arts Council. Moderated by Brent McKnight, PhD, MBA, Associate Professor Strategic Management, McMaster University.

The Panel Discussion is free and open to all and will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, May 18 from 11am to 1pm EST.

Participants must register in advance by clicking the following link:

The email address used to register must be the same as the one used to sign into your Zoom account.

The Alliance for a Grand Community is a committee of Arts Leaders representing the interests of the Cambridge Art Galleries/Idea Exchange, Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Drayton Entertainment, Grand Philharmonic Choir, Kitchener Public Library, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Region of Waterloo Library, Waterloo Public Library, and Region of Waterloo Museums. The Alliance advocates for adequate and sustainable public funding, provides evidence of the impact of arts and cultural experiences to residents and visitors to the Region, and promotes public support for arts and culture across the Region.