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Newfoundland Opera Colloquium

The Newfoundland Opera Colloquium Designing Civic Impact in Opera was a great success, attended by over 20 delegates from Opera companies coast to coast. The event opened with a beautiful reception overlooking St. John’s harbour at The Rooms and attended by Newfoundland’s Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, the Hon. Christopher Mitchelmore. Other highlights of the gathering included an inspiring keynote address by Susan Knight, Chancellor of Memorial University and a presentation by Ken McLeod on Sistema NB. Renowned activist, speaker and social/cultural innovator Arlene Goldbard, offered guidance and direction on socially-engaged artistic practice, as well as led several workshops exploring practices and processes for deepening civic engagement for opera companies. Indigenous leaders in opera, Ron Rice and Dylan Robinson helped delegates explore the relationship between Opera, Indigeneity, and The Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action.
Four action areas emerged from the colloquium to developed further through working groups:
1. Civic Impact Community of Practice
2. Being an Ally
3. The Artist as Citizen
4. The Role of Governance in Civic Impact.
Interested in being a part of these working groups?  Contact Christina Loewen at
Special thanks to our local hosts, Opera on the Avalon, Cheryl Hickman and staff, program funder Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the Canada Council for the Arts for travel support.