Inspired by the need to foster new thinking about the future of the arts sector, the Toronto Arts Foundation created a two-year fellowship with support from the George Cedric Metcalf Foundation, the John D. McKellar Foundation and Business for the Arts.
Fellowship activities will include research and investigation as well as active participation in existing forums where arts policy conversations and actions are taking shape. The fellowship is designed to provide time for reflection and consideration about relevant arts policy questions such as:
- As new arts practices emerge and the character and composition of the Canadian population evolves, how do we ensure our arts policies are keeping pace with this evolution?
- Are current policies contributing to the health and sustainability of the arts, ensuring a productive and relevant engagement with the Canadian public?
- How can we collaborate effectively as a community to define our policy goals and engage in productive conversations with our government leaders and elected officials?
Toronto Arts Foundation is pleased to announce that the recipient of its first Metcalf Arts Policy Fellowship is Shannon Litzenberger.
“I am thrilled at the opportunity to deepen my engagement in arts policy as the first-ever Metcalf Arts Policy Fellow. With time to explore relevant questions, I hope to consider how policy at all levels of government can more effectively nurture a healthy arts ecology that serves Canadians with excellent and meaningful artistic experiences, reflective of a rich and diverse Canadian identity.”
You can contact Shannon directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arts Policy Diaries
As part of her activities, Shannon Litzenberger has created a blog entitled 'The Arts Policy Diaries' to describe her learning journey.
Topics to date have included:
- Will Toronto’s Next Mayor Champion the Arts?
- Post-Recession Budgeting and the Fate of Arts Investment
- My Date with the Minister
- The Canadian Cultural Citizen
- Reflecting on the Steps of the Hill
- My First Time on Capital Hill
- Arts Advisory Day U.S.A.
- Toronto City Budget Update
To sign on to Shannon's blog - please go to : http://www.shannonlitz.wordpress.com/
“…tall, proud, tender and defiant.”
-Michael Crabb, National Post
A Toronto-based dance artist, writer, director and advocate, Shannon Litzenberger is a passionate and experienced arts leader in the Canadian cultural sector. In her former role as Executive Director of the Canadian Dance Assembly for more than five years, her work in the area of dance and arts policy contributed significantly to shaping sector-wide policy positions on behalf of the arts and culture community. Representing the national dance sector, she was a founding member of Canada’s Performing Arts Alliance and a member of the Canadian Arts Coalition Steering Committee – Canada’s largest ever group of artists, business leaders and volunteers assembled from across the country. She continues to participate in these arts policy forums and others, now as the first-ever Metcalf Arts Policy Fellow. In this capacity, she will spend time exploring the relationship between arts policy and practice at all levels of government. Shannon is also a member of the Ontario Culture Days Taskforce, the Toronto Arts Foundation Advocacy Committee, and the Toronto ArtsVote Steering Committee. She is called on frequently by cultural organizations and government agencies to provide consultation and to participate in committees and working groups in the areas of dance and cultural policy. She has been an invited guest speaker and panelist at several events and conferences across Canada, and contributes regular articles on arts policy to The Dance Current magazine.
Shannon is also engaged in exploring themes of social and cultural politics through her work as an artist and has collaborated with some of Canada’s most dynamic artistic voices including David Earle, Marie-Josée Chartier, Michael Greyeyes, DA Hoskins, Susie Burpee, Heidi Strauss, Darryl Tracy and Meagan O’Shea. Her most recent artistic credits include Land of the Living, a new dance work created by acclaimed aboriginal artist Michael Greyeyes, Dead Philosopher’s Limbo – a 12-hour performance installation commissioned by the City of Toronto for the 2009 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, created by award-winning indie dance artist Susie Burpee, DA Hoskins’ critically-acclaimed solo work The Left Seed, performed at the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival and a two week Northern Ontario tour of the first ever Cree opera, Pimooteewin: The Journey, directed by Michael Greyeyes and produced by Sounstreams Canada. Currently, she is collaborating with award-winning dancer, choreographer and director Marie-Josée Chartier on the creation of a new full evening solo work on the theme of ‘Home’.