This is a difficult message to write as I have so many mixed feelings. After three years, I am announcing that I will be leaving the Alliance for Arts and Culture in January 2012. It has been a privilege to serve such a broad arts and cultural community.
This is a challenging position, but it is highly rewarding as well. I will miss the amazing staff team here and the supportive Board that I have had the pleasure to work with. I will miss Donna Peerless, our beloved champion of Health Care and Insurance. I will miss Martha Rans, indefatigable ALO warrior. I will miss our diverse members, even the ones that held me to task constantly.
I look forward to the challenges of a new adventure in Toronto. I have accepted a position, consulting for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture’s project to establish the Aga Khan Museum, which is being built, developed and scheduled to open in October 2013.
It is sad for me to be leaving an arts community where I grew up and have worked within for over 25 years as an artist, gallery educator, art teacher, curator, community arts programmer, arts funder, cultural administrator, and arts advocate. I have worked in the cities of Richmond, Surrey, North Vancouver (both of them), and Vancouver. I have many friends and relationships that I cherish.
I look forward to continuing to develop my experience, knowledge, and skills and I believe that I will return to share what I have learned with my friends and colleagues in Vancouver.
Thanks to the many of you that have helped in fighting the good fight. It has been my deepest pleasure.
Amir Ali Alibhai