For Immediate Release
Artscape is pleased to announce the appointment of
Celia Smith as Vice President of Operations
TORONTO - Tuesday, October 21, 2008 - Today, Artscape announced the appointment of Celia Smith as Vice President of Operations effective October 2008. Ms. Smith will oversee Artscape's operations, communications and finance departments.
"I'm thrilled to be working with Celia." said Tim Jones, President and CEO of Artscape. "Her multi-faceted experience will strengthen Artscape's leadership team as we get involved in a growing number of urban development projects."
Celia Smith (BA Honours, MBA) is currently the President of the Board of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) and was the General Manager at The Canadian Stage Company (CanStage) from 2001 - 2006. Celia began her arts career in 1987 at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, establishing their corporate development program. Celia joined CanStage in 1990 as Director of Development and become Director of Development and Communications in 1992.
During these seasons, she led a team of marketing, public relations, sales and fundraising professionals who significantly expanded the audiences for CanStage work, box office revenue, corporate sponsorship and individual contributions.
In 1997, Celia established Celia Smith & Associates, offering marketing, development and strategic consulting advice to clients ranging from the Canadian Opera Company, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Playhouse, Opera Atelier and The Grand Theatre, London. Celia returned to CanStage in 2000 as coach in the areas of marketing and development. In September 2001 she became the General Manager, responsible for all areas of earned and contributed revenue, finance and administration. She was most recently Executive Director of ArtsBuild Ontario, a not-for-profit organization located in Toronto whose mission is to address the cultural infrastructure challenge facing Ontario's small and mid-sized performing and visual arts organizations.
"I am delighted to be joining the Artscape team, having partnered with them on several initiatives with ArtsBuild Ontario." said Ms. Smith. "I believe that the Artscape model of collaboration is an exciting and visionary contribution to a vibrant arts ecosystem that is at the core of building healthy neighbourhoods and a more livable city."
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Liz Kohn, Director of Communications
T: 416-392-1038, ext. 25
Artscape is a not-for-profit enterprise dedicated to culture-led regeneration and city-building through the arts. Artscape}s work includes developing and managing creative buildings, building creative neighbourhoods, and designing strategies and tools to advance creative cities.
Artscape has played a catalytic role in the revitalization of the Distillery Historic District, West Queen West, and Liberty Village as well as creating the Gibraltar Point Centre for the Arts on the Toronto Islands. On November 20, 2008 Artscape will open the Artscape Wychwood Barns, a 60,000 sq. ft. multifaceted community centre in the St. Clair and Christie neighbourhood where art, environment and community meet. www.torontoartscape.on.ca
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