Alex Sarian – President & CEO, Arts Commons, Calgary, Canada
Alex Sarian, President & CEO, Arts Commons, Calgary, Canada
David van der Leer, Principal, DVDL
The world is rapidly changing around us, and it is questionable if the old frameworks for the development of programs and space programs for museums will still be relevant tomorrow. What would museums for the 21st century become if we were to take this unprecedented time to explore new missions, visions, and (space) programs for existing and new institutions?
For the next conversation in The Future of Cultural Centers dialogue series, we will be speaking with Alex Sarian, the President & CEO of Arts Commons. The Arts Commons complex features rehearsal studios, production workshops, education spaces, art galleries, restaurants, public community areas, and six performance venues—including the Jack Singer Concert Hall, noted by The New York Times as one of the best acoustical venues in North America. Appointed in January 2020, Sarian became one of the youngest CEOs to oversee a major performing arts center in North America, and its $450M expansion and modernization campaign. Sarian has served on numerous governing boards, special advisory committees, and funding panels. He is currently a trustee of off-Broadway theater company The New Group, an advisor to multimedia festival SXSW, a philanthropic advisor to Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, and was invited to serve on the selection committee for the Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize.
Arts Commons is a multi-venue arts Centre in downtown Calgary, Canada, located in the Olympic Plaza Cultural District. Occupying a full city block, Arts Commons is one of the three largest arts centers in Canada and is home to the Alberta Theatre Projects, Arts Commons Presents, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Downstage, One Yellow Rabbit, and Theatre Calgary. Arts Commons is an inspirational gathering space for all Calgarians and visitors alike. It offers a variety of performance and gathering spaces, as well as rehearsal halls, theatre workshops, offices, meeting rooms, a café, and visual and media arts galleries.
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