2017 the Year of Arts Access

One of the most important things about the power of art is it’s ability to break down walls and barriers. Whether it is a visit to a gallery, the admiration of a graffiti mural, the music accompanying you through your ear buds or a performance by an orchestra, artistic expression is able to expose an audience to the passion, Read more

Jeff Melanson, Kind words from barczablog

I love reading the kind words mentioned in this blog post.

Thank you for the support.
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Jeff Melanson, Record-Setting Art Sale Emboldens Canadian Pride

Canada is renowned around the globe for its majestic beauty and unparalleled vistas, so it has always surprised me that our landscape artists haven’t garnered more international acclaim.

That is until late last month when Canadian Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris’ iconic Mountain Forms on a large canvas sold for a record setting $11.2 million, the most money paid for a Canadian piece of art in the country’s history.

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Jeff Melanson, Reflecting on the Current State of U.S. Symphonies

During my time at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, we explored remaking the orchestra’s mandate to reflect the need for increased inclusivity and diversity. This is an important priority everywhere, but absolutely necessary in Toronto, the world's most ethnically diverse city.

The experience and approach we took is at the top of mind as I hear more about how America’s orchestras are struggling with finances, aging audiences and a lack diversity.
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Jeff Melanson – Glad to See Success at this Year’s Art Toronto fair

Here’s a tip of the hat to Art Toronto for its 17th international art fair, which wrapped up its successful five-day event October 31 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

More than 22,000 visitors took in this latest edition of Art Toronto, Canada’s international fair for modern and contemporary art.
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Jeff Melanson: Canada’s 150th Should Signal Recommitment to Unity and Inclusion

As Canada’s 150th birthday approaches, citizens, local, provincial and national governments from coast-to- coast are preparing to celebrate a country that is beloved to many and was recently ranked Best Country in the World by millennials.

While many consider the yearlong celebration as a chance to showcase their national spirit, others are using this milestone to look to the future and recommit to the causes and ideas that have helped make Canada great.

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Jeff Melanson, Manitoba Is Canada’s Newest Cultural Hotspot

When people around the world think of Canada, there are a number of images and places that come to mind. From the Rocky Mountains in the west to the lighthouses of the Maritimes to the majestic expansiveness of the North to the big skies of the Prairies, Canada is full of iconic imagery.

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Jeff Melanson: Upcoming Speaking Engagements

As an arts and culture executive, it’s a great honour to be invited to speak at conferences and events that address some of the challenges facing local, national and international arts communities.

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