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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HIRED TO OVERSEE CALGARY 2012 CELEBRATIONS

Members of the Calgary 2012 Steering Committee today announced the hiring of Karen Ball as Executive Director of Calgary 2012, a 12-month cultural celebration and legacy-building initiative, arising out of The City’s bid to be named Cultural Capital of Canada in 2012. Ball was selected after an open competition to which many strong candidates expressed a willingness to share their passion and experience in making the year 2012 a memorable one.

Well known in Calgary’s arts and business communities, Ball has been with Calgary Arts Development for the past four years, most recently as Director of Resource Development. She has been actively involved in arts and culture throughout the province including serving as Interim Director of Advancement at ACAD where she worked on Stirring Culture and the President’s Smart Night and as Major/Special Gifts Officer for The Banff Centre. As Executive Director of ArtsHabitat in Edmonton, Ball developed the first and only designated artist live/work housing in the city. She has also served as the Producer of The Works Art & Design Festival in Edmonton and as a curator for the Ontario Craft Council.
“Calgary has amazing spirit and an incredible culture. I look forward to celebrating our cultural excellence with all Calgarians and sharing our spirit and culture with Canadians across the country,” says Ball.

2012 marks a pivotal year in Calgary’s cultural history including the centennial anniversaries of some of the city’s cultural cornerstones including the Calgary Stampede, The City of Calgary Recreation, the Calgary Public Library, the Pumphouse and the GRAND Theatre. 100 years after Calgary established itself as a cultural centre of the West, Calgarians will celebrate the city’s collective cultural achievements and dream big about Calgary’s role as a cultural centre of Canada.
In April Calgary City Council voted unanimously to increase support of Calgary’s 2012 Cultural Capital of Canada bid, bringing municipal contributions to the project to $2M. Due to the amount of time required to properly plan the programs that form the year of cultural celebrations, $333,000 has been made available to the 2012 Steering Committee immediately. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for oversight of Calgary 2012, including the effective start up and operations of the project.
“On behalf the Steering Committee, we are excited to welcome Karen’s considerable leadership skills to the 2012 Celebration. We’re pleased to be able to move forward in the process and to implement some of the great ideas that came out of all of our community consultations” said Peter Boyd, Co-Chair of the Calgary 2012 steering committee.
Currently made up of representatives from the six bid steering committee organizations, the Calgary 2012 Board of Directors will be issuing a public call for more community members shortly. For more information on Calgary 2012, visit www.calgary2012.com.

Source: City of Calgary Newsroom









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