CDA | ACD

Communication and Culture Alumni Profile: Kate Cornell

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

Source: Ryerson University

<< Go Back / Au retour

Canadian Dance Assembly
55 Mill Street, Suite 312
Case Goods Building #74
Toronto, ON M5A 3C4
Canada
Tel: 1.416.515.8444
Fax: 1.416.515.9444