Jane Danzo steps down as BCAC Chair

The Alliance was very disappointed to learn yesterday of the unexpected resignation of Jane Danzo, chair of the BC Arts Council, less than one year into her term.

Ms Danzo, past president of Pacific Opera Victoria, has an exemplary record of more than 30 years of community service and service to the arts. She served as a member of the advisory committee to the Vancouver Foundation for the BC Arts Renaissance Fund and the Medici Fund. She was appointed September 10, 2009.

We wish success to Dr. Stanley Hamilton, who takes over the role of interim chair, and look forward to working with him for the benefit of the arts sector.

Here is the press release that was issued:

VICTORIA – Dr. Stanley Hamilton has been named interim chair of the BC Arts Council.  Hamilton’s appointment follows the resignation of former chair Jane Danzo, announced Kevin Krueger, Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts. 

“I would like to thank Jane for her contributions to the council,” said Krueger. “Her dedication and professionalism and years of service to the arts community in British Columbia are greatly appreciated.”

Danzo served on the BC Arts Council for four years, becoming chair in 2009. She has also served as a director of, or as an advisor to, governing boards in the education, health and arts sectors of Greater Victoria.

Hamilton sits on the Vancouver Arts Club Theatre’s Council of Governors, was previously vice-chair of the BC Arts Council and will serve as interim chair of the council until a permanent replacement is appointed. 

Hamilton is a professor emeritus at UBC’s Sauder School of Business, specializing in real estate and pension portfolio investments. He has served on the boards of the BC Assessment Authority, the Vancouver City Planning Commission and the Arts Club Theatre Company. Hamilton is currently a member of the Investment Advisory Committee of the Public Guardian and Trustee of B.C. and the UBC Development Permit Board.

The BC Arts Council supports arts and arts organization across the province and is governed by a 15-member council, which represents the regions, cultural diversity and artistic communities of British Columbia.

For more information about the BC Arts Council, please visit www.bcartscouncil.ca.


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