The Banff Centre receives $1.075 million from RBC in support of Indigenous Arts and artistic programs
Banff, Alberta, February 10, 2015 -- The Banff Centre is proud to announce it received a $1.075 million funding commitment from RBC to provide greater access for emerging artists to The Banff Centre’s arts programs with a primary focus on Indigenous Artists. As part of the RBC Emerging Artist Program, this five-year gift builds on a legacy of cultural value created by the relationship between RBC and The Banff Centre over the past three decades.
The funds will enhance opportunities for Indigenous writers, musicians and composers, dancers and choreographers, visual and new media artists to develop their talent as well as research, conceive, and produce work with cultural integrity and artistic merit.
“The arts play such a critical role in creating vibrant communities,” said Jeff Boyd, regional president, RBC. “Indigenous culture is so rich. The great thing about this program is, it offers training, mentorship and performance experiences so these artists can share their artistry with others.”
Under the direction of Sandra Laronde, Indigenous Arts programs at The Banff Centre have shaped the careers of internationally prestigious artists like Tanya Tagaq, winner of the 2014 Polaris Music Prize; LightningCloud, winner of the 2013 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards; and, Joseph Boyden, winner of the 2014 Canada Reads. In November, Banff Centre commission Tono by Red Sky Performance travelled to Shanghai to open as the featured Canadian company at the 2014 China Shanghai International Festival for the Arts by Red Sky Performance. Tono was commissioned and co-produced by The Banff Centre in celebration of its 75th Anniversary in 2008.
“With the support of RBC, we can continue to champion emerging artists and cultivate new artistic works that showcase the incredible diversity among First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. We can further develop programs that are of high artistic integrity while remaining rooted in diverse Aboriginal cultures,” added Laronde.
RBC’s support will also contribute to the entire suite of Banff Centre programs in 13 artistic disciplines, including artists’ access. This aspect of its support will be recognized as “Showcase Performances Sponsor” of the annual Banff Centre Midsummer Ball Weekend — our flagship fundraising event.
For more information about the RBC Emerging Artist Program, visit www.rbc.com/community-sustainability/community/emerging-artists/
For more information about Indigenous Arts at The Banff Centre, please visit www.banffcentre.ca/indigenous-arts
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About The Banff Centre: The Banff Centre's mission is inspiring creativity. Thousands of artists, leaders, and researchers from across Canada and around the world participate in programs at The Banff Centre every year. Through its multidisciplinary programming, The Banff Centre provides the support needed to create, to develop solutions, and to make the impossible possible. Moving forward, the Centre will disseminate art and ideas developed in Banff through initiatives in digital, web, radio, and broadcast media.
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