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National Arts Centre 2018-2019 Annual Report

NAC Foundation Board Chair Janice O’Born and CEO Jayne Watson at the NAC Gala

National Arts Centre Foundation

Message from the Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board of Directors

In 2018–2019, the National Arts Centre’s Music Alive Program helped empower rural, Indigenous and underserved communities in Nunavut, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Atlantic Canada. Funded by generous donors and partners of the NAC Foundation, the program included a 10-week workshop series for Indigenous youth in Winnipeg; multi-day songwriting workshops for schools in Ponoka, AB, Buffalo Narrows, SK and Winnipeg; and a number of events for children in Gravelbourg, Moose Jaw and Ponteix, Saskatchewan, and in Calgary and Okotoks, AB.

The Music Alive Program is just one example of how the NAC Foundation’s donors are transforming Canadian communities through the arts.

2018–2019 marked five decades since the NAC’s debut. The Foundation was proud to play a role in some of the important milestones during the celebratory season, and renew our commitment to support this important national institution. Donor support made it possible for the NAC Orchestra to undertake a major 50th anniversary performance and education tour of Europe, performing the works of Canadian composers and creators to standing ovations in each of the cities they visited. Donations to the NAC’s National Creation Fund supported Revisor, the latest groundbreaking work by the B.C. dance company Kidd Pivot, resetting expectations for what Canadian artists can accomplish on the world stage. Donors enabled the renowned BIG BANG children’s festival to be presented outside Europe for the very first time, at the NAC. And on the cusp of the historic first season of the world’s first national Indigenous Theatre, donor support has inspired and encouraged Indigenous artists from across Canada.

We thank the dedicated Board of Directors of the Foundation for their service, including outgoing members D’Arcy Levesque of Calgary and Alex Graham of Toronto, and we welcome Kim Bozak of Toronto to the Board.

On behalf of artists and audiences, we thank our donors and sponsors for their support of art on stages and in communities across Canada and around the world.

Janice O’Born
National Arts Centre Foundation

Jayne Watson
Chief Executive Officer
National Arts Centre Foundation

Financial snapshot

Amount raised in 2018–2019

More than

$0 million

Contribution from the National Arts Centre Foundation to the National Arts Centre to sustain, enrich and expand its artistic and educational programming

More than

$0 million*

Number of supporters in 2018–2019


Estimated future value of the Planned Giving Program at August 31, 2019


Number of Planned Giving Program bequest expectancies and life insurance policies


Approximate cost of performances covered by ticket sales

0 %

* The balance of 2018–2019 Foundation revenue was held in reserve for future years’ programming or designated to named endowments.

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