Toronto Arts Council Cultural Leaders Lab

This unique partnership between the Toronto Arts Council (TAC) and Banff Centre kicks off with a one-week intensive leadership retreat in Banff, followed by scheduled program activities in Toronto.  

The goal of the program is to mobilize Toronto’s extensive pool of arts leadership talent to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing the sector, and the city. 

The program participants are an accomplished and diverse group of leaders from across arts disciplines whose experiences range from leadership roles in large institutions and festivals to grassroots and local initiatives. Collectively, their work uses arts-based strategies and approaches to increase civic engagement, animate public spaces, and create a more inclusive, accessible, and culturally rich society. 

TAC and Banff Centre have developed the Leaders Lab in response to the need for increased opportunities for cross-sector learning and collaboration among Toronto’s arts and cultural leaders. The hands-on program provides leaders with the motivation and tools needed to redefine leadership and its role in building the creative city.