This is the time of year when many people delight friends and relatives with the family activities of the past year:
“Little Frankie came 17th in the spelling bee this year. The other 16 children in his class applauded when he was awarded the Participation Medal. Little Darlene joined atom hockey and almost scored a goal, except that she fell down as she was skating towards the open net.”
We hope you will find our year-end CSARN Newsletter every bit as engaging…and possibly even more so.
CSARN is delighted to announce the appointment of the Honourable Marie-P. Charette-Poulin as Chair of the Board of CSARN. Ms. Poulin is a former Canadian Senator, former Founding CEO of the tribunal for the self-employed in the cultural industry, former Deputy Secretary in the Privy Council Office of Canada, and a former CBC/Radio-Canada Executive. While sitting in the Senate, she also obtained a law degree.
Ms. Poulin takes over from Elise Orenstein, who is stepping down after six years as Chair. CSARN is very pleased that Ms. Orenstein will continue to lend her expertise to the CSARN board as Past Chair.
The final event of the day was the presentation of the first CSARN Visionary Artist Lifetime Award, given to Patty Gail Peaker for her tireless work in the founding of PAL [Performing Arts Lodges] and its Supporting Cast program. The award was made possible through the Distinguished Mature Artist’s Fund at Toronto Foundation. This award will become an annual event.
Patty is pictured here with her award surrounded by [from left to right]: Julia Howell of the Toronto Foundation, award donor Joan VanDuzer, CSARN Executive Director Scott Walker, and CSARN Chair the Hon. Marie-P. Charette-Poulin.
With support from the Canada Council for the Arts, CSARN began a national expansion in December of 2018 with a visit to British Columbia to introduce our services. We continued with a tour of the three prairie provinces in September 2019. CSARN Executive Director Scott Walker visited Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg to talk about CSARN’s programs. We followed that with a series of seminars on Social Media in November.
Another round of seminars on Intellectual Property and Copyright is planned for January 2020.
You can find out more about the program on our website here.
Speaking of our website…
If you haven’t dropped by our website recently, we encourage you to do so. It has a completely new look. The site plays on one of the new buzzword in business, ‘disruptive.’ Just as Amazon, Facebook, Uber and Air B’n’B are considered disruptive to the standard business model today, so the artists in our Community were disrupting the notion of culture 40, 50 and 60 years ago. And we’re still doing it. Thus, Disruptive…Yesterday and Today.
Our eternal thanks for the design go out to CSARN Community member Christopher Laspa of 999 Art Direction and to feature photographer and Community member Gregory Edwards. Thanks also to our four artist models [clockwise from top left]: Lily Eng, Patrick Young, Nina Keogh and Bruce Eves.
You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind