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  • We commit to make meaningful change / Nous nous engageons d’effectuer des changements significatifs

    05-Jun-2020

    At CDA we have stood by our colleagues, friends, community members, and neighbours in the cry for a more just world. We continue to take a stand against any form of racism, harassment, or abuse of power. We condemn the brutal and unjust treatment of Blacks worldwide, that has once again, been brought to the forefront revealing the deep extent of decades of oppression on people of African Descent.

    Now more than ever we need to come together to make a difference so that generations to come will understand the foundation of racist behavior and eradicate systems that support it, so we will start to build a future that is truly fair and equitable for all.

    CDA recognizes that systemic barriers have affected access to opportunities, which has led to inequities for many artists. We commit to supporting the work of Canadian artists and organizations and to elevate those who have been historically underserved.

    We commit to action and continue to make meaningful change:

    • Pursue regular, ongoing competency training for staff, National Council, and our community at large
    • Advocate for policies that promote equity, diversity, and inclusion; challenge systems and policies that create in-equity, oppression, and disparity
    • Enact healthy and equitable policies and procedures
    • Examine internal systems to improve de-centralization, decolonization, and equitable workplaces and programming, or other areas that have been brought to our attention

    There is a seismic shift challenging the status quo and we are all in this together knowing serious work must be done to bring about real change. There has never been more urgency to come together and raise our voices. Black Lives Matter.

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    L’ACD a appuyé ses collègues, amis, partenaires et voisins en faveur d’un monde plus juste. Nous nous élevons de nouveau contre toute forme de racisme, de harcèlement ou d’abus de pouvoir. Nous condamnons le traitement brutal et injuste des Noirs partout dans le monde, traitement qui revient sur la scène et qui révèle l’oppression que subissent les personnes d’ascendance africaine depuis des décennies.

    Plus que jamais, nous devons nous serrer les coudes pour faire une différence en ce monde, et ce de manière à ce que les générations futures comprennent les fondements du comportement raciste et éradiquent les systèmes qui le soutiennent. C’est ainsi seulement que nous pourrons bâtir un avenir juste et équitable pour tous.

    L’ACD reconnaît l’existence d’obstacles systémiques qui se traduisent par des inéquités dont souffrent de nombreux artistes. Nous sommes résolu.e.s à soutenir le travail des artistes et organismes canadiens et à mettre en valeur ceux qui ont été mal desservis par le passé.

    Nous nous engageons à agir et à continuer d’effectuer des changements significatifs, ainsi :

    • poursuivre des formations régulières en matière de compétences à l’intention du personnel, du Conseil national et de l’ensemble du secteur,
    • mettre de l’avant des politiques de promotion de l’équité, de la diversité et de l’inclusion, et revoir les systèmes et politiques porteurs d’inéquité, d’oppression et de disparité,
    • adopter des politiques et des procédures saines et équitables,
    • examiner les systèmes internes pour favoriser la décentralisation, la décolonisation et l’équité des milieux de travail et des programmes qui nous auront été signalés.

    C’est un virage radical qu’il nous faut prendre par rapport au statu quo et, ensemble, nous devons travailler à réaliser des changements véritables. Plus que jamais auparavant, nous devons serrer les rangs et nous faire entendre. Black Lives Matter.

  • Leadership Change at the Canadian Dance Assembly / Changement à la direction de l’Assemblée canadienne de la danse

    07-Apr-2020

    For immediate release
    April 7th, 2020

    National Council President Fannie Bellefeuille would like to recognize the extraordinary work of outgoing Executive Director Kate Cornell. Dr. Cornell has been Executive Director of the CDA for that last six years and is leaving the organization this month to join the new organization AfterMeToo as the Training Director for the Rosa Project – an initiative to address harassment in federally regulated sectors, including the arts.

    “On behalf of the membership, the CDA would like to sincerely thank Kate for her passionate advocacy, her collaborative leadership, and her exceptional vision. Kate is leaving the CDA in an improved financial position. Under Kate’s direction, the CDA began the Decolonizing Canadian Dance initiative, raised its public funding by more than 30%, and successfully advocated for more than $300 million of federal funding for the arts sector. We are grateful for Kate’s leadership.” - Fannie Bellefeuille.

    The National Council is pleased to announce that General Manager Aviva Fleising has agreed to become the CDA’s Interim Managing Director. Cornell exclaimed that, “The CDA is in extraordinarily good hands with Aviva. She is a steadfast leader with the community’s best interests at heart. Aviva is keenly aware of the needs of the dance community.” Aviva Fleising will transition into this new position on April 15th.

    With this ongoing change in staff structure, National Council will be reassessing the CDA’s strategic priorities. National Council and staff will be crafting a new strategic plan for the organization this year. Currently, the CDA is focussing on its membership - conducting regular calls with organizations and individuals. During the COVID19 pandemic with reduced staff, the CDA will prioritize community engagement.

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    Pour diffusion immédiate
    7 avril 2020

    Fannie Bellefeuille, présidente du Conseil national, tient à saluer le travail extraordinaire de notre directrice générale sortante, Kate Cornell. Madame Cornell, PhD, est directrice générale de l’ACD depuis six ans et quittera notre organisme ce mois-ci pour se joindre à AfterMeToo, une nouvelle entité, comme directrice de la formation pour le projet Rosa, initiative conçue pour contrer le harcèlement dans les secteurs de compétence fédérale, dont les arts.

    « Au nom de tous ses membres, l’ACD tient à remercier Kate du fond du coeur pour son travail de représentation enthousiaste, son leadership collaboratif et sa vision exceptionnelle. Sous la gouverne de Kate, l’ACD a grandement amélioré sa position financière et le déficit accumulé est pratiquement éliminé. Toujours sous la direction de Kate, l’ACD a lancé l’initiative de décolonisation de la danse au Canada, a réussi à obtenir une augmentation de plus de 30 % de ses crédits publics et a contribué à procurer plus de 300 millions de dollars en subventions du fédéral pour le secteur des arts. Nous tenons à exprimer notre reconnaissance pour le leadership de Kate. » - Fannie Bellefeuille

    Par ailleurs, le Conseil national a le plaisir d’annoncer que notre gestionnaire générale, Aviva Fleising, a accepté le poste de directrice générale intérimaire de l’ACD. Madame Cornell a affirmé que « l’ACD se trouve entre d’excellentes mains avec Aviva. Elle est résolue dans son leadership et a à coeur l’intérêt premier du secteur de la danse. Et Aviva connaît à fond les besoins du monde de la danse. ». Aviva Fleising assumera son nouveau rôle le 15 avril prochain.

    Étant donné les changements en cours au niveau du personnel, le Conseil national réévaluera les priorités stratégiques de l’ACD. Le Conseil national et le personnel établiront donc un nouveau plan stratégique pour l’ACD pour l’année en cours. Présentement, l’ACD s’occupe de ses membres et tient des conférences téléphoniques régulières à l’intention des organismes et des particuliers. Pendant la pandémie de COVID-19 et la période de réduction du personnel, l’ACD accorde la priorité à la mobilisation sectorielle.

  • Job Posting: Regional Representative - Alberta

    18-Dec-2019

    The Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) and Alberta Dance Alliance (ADA) are seeking a regional representative based in Calgary. Job descriptions outlined below.

    CANADIAN DANCE ASSEMBLY Community Outreach Rep, Calgary
    The Calgary representative will have four primary tasks: hold at least one community meeting annually in their region, participate in monthly calls with the CDA national staff, attend events in the region on behalf of the CDA. The individual will work as a part-time independent contractor for the CDA.

    ALBERTA DANCE ALLIANCE  Community Outreach Representative for Dance
    The Alberta Dance Alliance (ADA) will be hiring Community Outreach Representatives (COR) starting with the
    first being in Calgary and the Southern Region. The COR position is an independent contract that primarily
    works in professional development, education, administration, and in opportunities to advance dance advocacy. The position requires
    meeting with the Calgary regional dance community and working with the ADA staff to help deliver workshops
    and to attend activities regarding the ADA’s role in Advocacy.

    Application Deadline: January 10, 2020 at 5:00PM EST
    For full job description and qualifications, click HERE

  • Announcing the New Dance Across Canada Map!

    20-Sep-2019

    As you may have seen, CDA is now the home to the new Dance Across Canada Map! The Canadian Dance Assembly, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, is pleased to present this dynamic resource for the community.

    Background
    In 2011 the Canada Council for the Arts, in partnership with the Ontario Arts Council, launched the Canada Dance Mapping Study to identify, quantify and describe the ecology, economy and environment of dance in Canada. It was an initiative to investigate dance in its evolving state and with its multifaceted influences on the lives of Canadians. Currently, the map has over 2,880 entries mapping dance activity from coast to coast to coast.

    Now, in 2019, the Canadian Dance Assembly re-developed the mapping site with Cornerstone Digital and will be managing and maintaining the site moving forward.

    We are excited to share this new site with a fresh design and enhanced capabilities. With the new map, you can:
    • manage and edit your organizational profile(s) by logging in to your account
    • manage multiple listings under one user name
    • add a brief description, photo and video link to your listing

    Visit our FAQ section to learn more about getting on the map or managing your existing information.Questions? Email dancemap@dancecanada.net

    To read the full press release, click HERE

    GET ON THE MAP! 

  • Communication and Culture Alumni Profile: Kate Cornell

    12-Jul-2019

    Alumni Profile: Kate Cornell (ComCult PhD '08)
    Kate graduated with a PhD in Communication and Culture in 2008. She is the executive director for the Canadian Dance Assembly, and the co-chair of the Canadian Arts Coalition.

    My advice for students in ComCult is to enjoy your time in the program, and to use that time to diversify your skillset and prepare for work in the 21st century, which is precarious and creative. 

    Current Work
    I am the executive director of the Canadian Dance Assembly, external link, a registered charity and a national arts service organization (NASO) that works to support the dance community in Canada. Our work centers on advocacy and networking, and so I talk to politicians at all levels of government about the importance of funding the arts, particularly funding dance. Because we are a charity and a non-profit, my work also involves grant writing and creating proposals. I am also the co-chair of the Canadian Arts Coalition, external link, a national volunteer group that advocates for the economic and social impact of the arts to the federal government. In October, we hosted Arts Day on the Hill, the biggest arts and lobby day in Ottawa.

    In addition to advocacy, my work with the Canadian Dance Assembly also involves working with and supporting dance communities across Canada. One of our current initiatives is called “Decolonizing Canadian Dance, external link,” and the form that it’s taking right now is a review of the policies, procedures, and staffing of the organization itself, to make sure that we are taking into consideration equity, diversity, and inclusion in everything that we do.

    Reflections on ComCult
    My initial goal when I entered the PhD program was to become a professor. I worked as a sessional instructor for ten years and while I loved teaching and the work was incredibly satisfying, there was a lack of tenure track positions for young scholars, particularly young female scholars. When teaching didn’t become a full time position, I left academia and worked as a freelance consultant for a few years before taking this position with the Canadian Dance Assembly. Read More.















    Photo by Dahlia Katz

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