Canadian Arts Summit

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The annual Canadian Arts Summit is a unique national leadership forum. It brings together the chief executives, artistic directors, and board chairs of Canada’s largest 80 not-for-profit cultural institutions: symphony orchestras, theatres, opera and ballet companies, as well as heritage and art museums — primarily those with budgets over $5 million. 

The summit was founded in 1998 by Banff Centre and Business for the Arts and is hosted by Banff Centre every other year. The summit is predicated upon the belief that these influential leaders — volunteers, artists, and managers — can, by working together, develop the strengths required to support Canadian artistic aspirations. 

The summit is an ongoing network of arts leaders working together throughout the year.



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