Democracy and the Arts

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

3:30 – 4:30 PM

Location: Acadia B, Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel

Elections happen. And, once in a while, the arts are brought up as a topic by candidates, by the media, and by Canadians. How will they fare in the upcoming federal election? That will depend on the economic climate, on particular political dynamics, as well as on the arts sector itself. This session will provide perspectives on our political landscape, will share information on work done by the Canadian Arts Coalition, and will open up discussions on ways to engage more deeply and meaningfully with our democracy.

Facilitators: Frédéric Julien and Shannon Litzenberger, Canadian Arts Coalition


Frédéric Julien

Frédéric Julien has been active in the performing arts for several years as an artist, a cultural manager and a consultant. Frédéric has worked in the field of performing arts presentation at the department of Canadian Heritage, at Réseau Ontario and at the Canadian Arts Presenting Association, where he currently manages research and arts promotion activities. Frédéric has a keen interest in partnership development and cross-sector collaboration. He’s chair of the Canadian Arts Coalition’s Research and policy committee and he represents the performing arts sector at the Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st century. Frédéric loves to cook, bike and dance.


Shannon Litzenberger

Shannon Litzenberger

Shannon Litzenberger is a Toronto-based contemporary dancer, choreographer, writer, director, arts advocate and consultant. As an advocate, volunteer and consultant, Shannon works with many cultural organizations including Business for the Arts, the Canadian Arts Summit, Culture Days, the Laidlaw Foundation, Dance Umbrella of Ontario, the Canadian Arts Coalition, and others. In 2010 she was named the first-ever Metcalf Arts Policy Fellow. A thought leader in her field, she has published over 100 articles on arts policy through contributions to local, national and international publications.


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