Vancouver 2050: Creative City Arts Forum

Please join us tomorrow, Saturday, April 24 at the Arts Club Granville Island Stage at 8:30 am for Vancouver 2050: Creative City! – a public Arts & Culture Forum moderated by Max Wyman and featuring addresses by Maestro Bramwell Tovey, Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony, Norman Armour, Artistic Director of the PUSH Festival, Amber Dawn, Director of the Out On Screen Film Festival and Hank Bull, Executive Director of Centre A. Admission is free, although we’ll gratefully accept donations to cover basic costs.

Our four arts leaders will each present their vision of what Vancouver as a Creative Capital would look like in 2050, with a view to infrastructure, sustainability and the kind of innovation and enrichment of activities that could energize broader community engagement.

After those presentations, a high-level panel drawn from the arts, business and social profit sectors will discuss with the speakers the concepts they’ve presented, and then open the discussion up to include invited arts, business & community leaders and members of the public.

Our goal with this discussion is to bring leaders from the arts and business communities together in order to fully imagine Vancouver as a 21st-century Creative City with a correspondingly vibrant creative economy.

I am totally and completely a product of the arts institutions of this city and Province. I grew up in rural south Surrey in the 60s and traveled into Vancouver every week by Greyhound bus for violin lessons and rehearsals of the Vancouver Youth Orchestra. Every month my high school drama class attended plays at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre and I spent summers up at the Courtenay Youth Music Camp.

Later I played violin in the Victoria Symphony, worked as a summer intern for the Vancouver Recital Society, worked in the Vancouver Symphony subscription sales room and managed the Vancouver Youth Orchestra and Courtenay Music Camp I’d attended as a boy.

It was that broad-based arts experience that made it possible for me to go to work for Columbia Artists in New York, first as an Assistant and eventually as Vice President, managing careers and producing tours for dance companies, orchestras, choirs and chamber ensembles in Europe, North America and Asia.

As a result, my commitment to these arts institutions and to the artists and artisans that make Vancouver such an engine of enlightenment is total, and I want to help ensure the same opportunities are here for the next extraordinary generation of talent our city is now producing.

Many thanks to David Lemon, Executive & Artistic Director, Health Arts Society, Howard Jang, Executive Director, Arts Club Theatre and Paul Sontz, Director of Business Development for Tourism Vancouver and Tickets Tonight, for serving with me as the organizing committee for this event.

Please join us on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 8:30 am in the Arts Club Revue Stage for a glimpse of Vancouver 2050: Creative City!

9 thoughts on “Vancouver 2050: Creative City Arts Forum

    • Hi, Thanks! The event will be open to the public at no charge, although we’ll probably pass the hat for donations to cover theatre rental and coffee.

  1. This sounds really interesting! Too bad I won’t be in the city until the following weekend. A strong arts community in Vancouver affects the arts communities of the whole province. Will you be publishing any videos, transcripts or articles from the forum?

    • Hi, we’re setting up a website that will be announced here in the next week or so, and that will feature photos, video and transcripts from the event. many thanks for your interest

  2. Sean, I wish you and everyone a most successful Vancouver 2050: Creative City Arts Forum today, April 24, 2010.

    (On a somewhat less than encouraging note), I also ask you to also remind the esteemed Creative City Arts Forum participants and the audience, that today, and, right now is a good time to put into place an ACTION plan to reverse the VSB’s, (Vancouver School Board) cutting of music programs in our Vancouver Schools.

    I am so very confident that the esteemed Forum speakers, (some of them), who run and manage their successful not for profit Arts Organizations can, (and in my opinion should), take a hard look at the VSB budget cuts and find within in this budget ways to EXPAND these music programs that have no price to them because they are a most “precious commodity”.

    Sean, you and I are both a product of the VSO, (I “interned” there for one year and then became the Director of Education at the VSO the following year, of a program that had been “abandoned” since I was in Junior High School in North Vancouver). Because of music programs in our schools you and I had a fine and well rounded education. The result, “Music” was and still is a fundamental part of our daily lives.

    I dare say we are “passionate” about music! And this is because “Music” was an essential part of our education.

    There is no time to waste, and, in my humble opinion there will be no “Creative City of the Arts” in Vancouver in 2050, (let alone next year), if music programs in our Vancouver Schools is left CUT, permanently!

    I cannot express in words how my soul ached, (and still aches), when I read with profound sadness, about the VSB’s actions to cut music programs in the Vancouver Schools in the newspaper yesterday.

    My husband, who is the Superintendant of an International American School, (in Mexico), and an anthropologist just started “crying” when I told him the news about the VSB cuts. After all, just one school year ago he started a junior and Senior School Band at the John F. Kennedy American School; (where in the case of the 3 year old preschoolers their trumpets are bigger than they are), there is a joyous sound of music ringing throughout the school and the community of Jurica, Mexico that was never there before.

    It is now there forever because the students love the program, their parents are ecstatic, and community is building an endowment fund so it will never, ever disappear. (And this in a 3rd world country, yes a 3rd world country, where over 50% of its population subsist in abject poverty!); SHAME on the VSB, for shame!

    In the words of Marty Bragg, (former General Manager of the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company), on the occasion of a “Conference in the 1980’s on What Boards of Directors Should Do on/with/for Vancouver Arts Organizations?”, he got it right when he declared, (as only Marty could), and I quote: “I say it is time to NUKE the Boards and get on with Art!”.

    I say, today will be an auspicious day to start; beginning with the VSB and then restoring music programs to our Vancouver Schools.

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