Thursday, February 16, 2012

News: Keynote speakers announced for APASO

The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) is hosting the annual meeting of The Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations (APASO), in April. The announced speakers are Simon Brault, CEO at the National Theatre School and writer of No Culture, No Future and Tim Jones, President and CEO of Artscape.

Press release:

APASO Toronto 2012 April 11 – 14, 2012


The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) is proud to announce Simon Brault and Tim Jones as Keynote Speakers for the upcoming APASO 2012 Conference in Toronto, Ontario.

SIMON BRAULT Thursday, April 12

CEO, National Theatre School of Canada

Simon Brault was named the National Theatre School’s CEO in 2008 and has held several key administrative positions with the NTS since 1981.

In 1997, he initiated Journées de la culture, a Quebecwide cultural event; in 2002, he led a 20member delegation at the Sommet de Montréal and founded Culture Montréal. Since 2007, he heads the steering committee of the RV07 – Montreal, Cultural Metropolis.

He is ViceChair of the Canada Council, an Officer of the Order of Canada, an Officier de l'Ordre national du Québec, a Fellow of the CGA, and a recipient of the Keith Kelly Award for Cultural Leadership.

On September 23, 2009, Mr. Brault launched his first book of essays on the rise of arts and culture on global public agendas. Titled Le FACTEUR C  L'Avenir passe par la culture, it was published by La Presse / Éditions Voix parallèles and was released in English, in May 2010, by Cormorant Books (translation Jonathan Kaplansky) under the title No Culture, No Future.

In 2011, the Presses de l'Université du Québec and the Chaire de leadership PierrePéladeau published a monograph about Simon Brault: Prendre fait et cause pour la culture. It is a scholarly thesis on his personal and professional journey in the arts.

Synopsis: No Culture, No Future by Simon Brault: “Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits,” proclaims the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Simon Brault takes these words to heart and goes one step further. In No Culture, No Future, he establishes that arts are not just a right but a necessity. A longtime advocate of the arts in Montreal, Brault has taken action to re-establish that city as one of the most culturally accomplished communities in Canada. No Culture, No Future is part of his campaign to convince the people and governments of cities across Canada that investment in the arts benefits all citizens.
If you have not already read Mr. Brault’s book, No Culture, No Future, there will be copies on sale at the APASO conference. We look forward to welcoming Mr. Brault on Thursday, April 12, 2012.

TIM JONES Friday, April 13


Tim Jones is a champion for the role that the arts play in transforming cities and communities. Under his direction as President and CEO since 1998, Artscape has grown from a Toronto-based affordable studio provider to an internationally recognized leader in city-building through the arts. In Toronto, Tim has played a catalytic role in the redevelopment of the Distillery District and galvanized the vision, interest and investment to create Artscape Gibraltar Point and the award-winning Artscape Wychwood Barns. In Canada and abroad, Tim acts as a consultant and advisor on projects, policy and initiatives and speaks at more than 20 conferences and events each year. He and his colleagues at Artscape are passionately committed to exchanging knowledge with others on how arts, culture and creativity can help make our world more livable, sustainable, and prosperous.

FULL APASO SCHEDULE & LOCAL registration coming soon!

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