20th Annual Canadian Arts Summit Opens to Letters of Interest

The following information is excerpted from the Canadian Arts Summit's call for participation, which can be found here.

From May 12-14, 2017, on the occasion of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the 20th annual Canadian Arts Summit CultureNEXT will bring together 150 extraordinary arts leaders from across the country to imagine the future of Canada’s creative life. As Canada looks forward to the next 50 years, issues around cultural diversity and inclusion, evolving digital technologies, cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary intersections, and reconciliation with our Indigenous people are emerging as major drivers of cultural transformation.

CultureNEXT will invite a diverse, multi-generational complement of delegates, speakers and special guests, including the artistic directors, executive directors and volunteer board chairs of Canada’s 70+ largest arts institutions. Organized by Business for the Arts, in partnership with the Banff Centre and the Confederation Centre, the Canadian Arts Summit is the only national, cross-disciplinary gathering of arts leaders in the country.

Invited Summit guests will have the opportunity to participate in plenary sessions, share perspectives during round table discussions and exchange ideas on current issues with Summit members, as well as enjoy networking opportunities with important leaders in the arts, culture and business sectors. Attendees will be chosen through a formal selection process led by members of the CAS Steering Committee.


Interested participants who wish to attend the Arts Summit should submit a brief letter of interest outlining the following:

  • Your professional background.
  • A description of how your participation would enrich the CAS discussions around leadership.
  • A description of how you would benefit from this experience as a current or emerging leader.

Deadline: Monday, January 16, 2017
Invitations to selected individuals will be made no later than Monday, February 13, 2017

Please address your letter of interest to:
Robert Foster, Chair
20th Annual Canadian Arts Summit

For more information and for past program details click here. 2017 program details will be announced in early February.

Financial Assistance:

Invited guests may be provided with a financial subsidy to underwrite some of the costs associated with attendance, based on financial need and limited available funds. Should financial support be required to participate in the Summit, please submit the Financial Assistance Request Form found here.

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