Ottawa, August 21, 2017 – The Canada Council for the Arts’ Director and CEO, Simon Brault, is pleased to announce that Carolyn Warren will join the organization as Director General (DG), Arts Granting Programs Division. She will take up the role as incoming DG on October 10, 2017 and will fully lead the division when the current DG, Jacques Vézina, retires at the end of 2017.
Carolyn Warren was recently Senior Arts Advisor at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and previously Vice-President, Arts Programs. There, she oversaw innovative and diverse programming for artists at all stages of their careers in visual/digital and media arts, performing arts (theatre, dance, music and opera), literary arts and translation, Indigenous Arts and interdisciplinary programs across disciplines and sectors.
Previously, Carolyn was Manager of Cultural Programs at CBC, based in Montreal, where she was responsible for local and national talk and music programs for Radio One and Radio 2, network TV programming featuring independent productions by Quebec filmmakers, and online initiatives for CBC Books.
Over the course of her career, Carolyn has been involved with all of the arts practices supported by the Canada Council – in many contexts, and with a pan-Canadian scope. She is also a strong advocate for the importance of digital technology in contemporary artistic production and dissemination. This makes her the ideal candidate to oversee a great team working to enhance the Canada Council’s impact on the arts sector and all the communities it serves.
“We are thrilled to welcome Carolyn to the Canada Council,” said Simon Brault, Director and CEO of Canada Council for the Arts. “With her diverse experience in the arts, culture and communication sectors, combined with her thorough understanding of the sector’s digital challenges in terms of creation, production and dissemination, she will play a valuable role in shaping a new future for the arts in this country and on the international stage.”
“I am also immensely proud that we found a passionate and seasoned leader to succeed Jacques Vézina, who has been the main architect and engineer behind our New Funding Model, through which we are currently allocating an historic and impactful reinvestment in the arts,” said Simon Brault.
“I am honoured and delighted to join the Canada Council for the Arts at such an exciting time in the Council’s history. I am a passionate supporter of public funding to sustain a flourishing arts community and am inspired to contribute to the Council’s recent innovations to encourage new ways of creating, producing and sharing artistic experiences with all Canadians and internationally,” said Carolyn Warren.
Canada Council For the Arts:
The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national public arts funder. We champion and invest in artistic excellence so that Canadians may enjoy and participate in a rich cultural life. In 2015-16 we allocated $157.4 million dollars towards artistic creation and innovation through our grants, prizes and payments. We also conduct research, convene activities and work with partners to advance the sector and help embed the arts more deeply in communities across the country. We are responsible for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO which promotes the values and programs of UNESCO to contribute to a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable future for Canadians. The Canada Council Art Bank operates art rental programs and helps further public engagement with contemporary arts.