14 November
10:30 - 12:00
Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth — Duluth
How cultural spaces could become real citizen spaces?

Can we dream of cultural spaces for everyone and how could we do it? Four performing arts figures from Canada, the United States and Belgium will discuss the future of cultural spaces : inclusion, meaning and collective projects will be honored.
*This conversation will be moderated by Simon Brault, Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts

Simon Brault Conseil des arts du Canada
Simon Brault is Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts. Author of No Culture, No Future, he has been a driving force behind a number of major projects and has held key positions in national organizations, including the National Theatre School of Canada. An initiator of Journées de la culture, he was a founding member and Chair of Culture Montréal, and has been a board member of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) since 2016. He is a sought-after speaker and, in 2017, represented Canada as a cultural expert at the first G7 on arts and culture.

Simon Brault has received numerous distinctions for his commitment to the social recognition of arts and culture.
Caroline Ohrt Danse Danse
Artistic Codirector and Director of Development, Caroline Ohrt joined the Danse Danse direction team in 2015 after a journey combining visual arts and dance. She’s in charge of developing new partnerships, initiating special projects and participating in the annual programming of performances. During her career, she advised art collectors, worked for Montreal Fine arts Museum and COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD. Ms. Ohrt is also Vice-President of Montreal Dance Award and Danse à la carte. Danse Danse is a presenter with an annual full season of Canadian and international contemporary Dance program presented at Place des arts.
Donna Walker-Kuhne Walker International Communications Group, Inc
Donna Walker-Kuhne is President of Walker International Communications Group, a 30 year old boutique marketing and audience development consulting agency. She provides consulting services to numerous arts organizations throughout the world and has generated over $20 M in earned income. She is also Senior Advisor, Community Engagement, New Jersey Performing Arts Center. She is co-founder of Impact Broadway a multicultural project that engages over 300 students as audience members for Broadway with the goal to empower this community to be economic drivers of new audiences for the Broadway Theater district.
Tom Bonte Beursschouwburg
Tom Bonte is the general and artistic director of art center Beursschouwburg in Brussels since 2011. He previously worked at the Antwerp deSingel arts center (2001-2004) and as a programmer performing arts at art center Vooruit in Gent (2005-2011). He is the president of the board of the Brussels Art Consultation, reuniting more then 100 organisations in the Brussels Art field. Since joining Beursschouwburg, Tom’s focus has been on the institution becoming once again ‘a beating heart’ in the cultural life of Brussels.
Skawennati - Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace
Skawennati makes art that addresses history, the future, and change. Her new media projects are included in both public and private collections and have been presented in major exhibitions such as “On Desire” at the B3 Biennale of the Moving Image in Frankfurt, Germany; Now? NOW! at Denver’s Biennial of the Americas; and Looking Forward (L’Avenir) at the Montreal Biennale.

Born in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory, Skawennati holds a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal, where she resides. She is Co-Director of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC), a research network of artists and academics who investigate and create Indigenous virtual environments. Their Skins workshops in Aboriginal Storytelling and Experimental Digital Media aim to empower youth. In 2015 AbTeC launched IIF, the Initiative for Indigenous Futures.

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