Outside Critiques

To ensure that Calgary's Arts Plan is as bold as possible in its aspirations, and is truly reflective of the best thinking on the arts in North America, we have engaged Shannon Litzenberger and Ian David Moss to serve as "consulting critics" of the process.

All for One and One for All: Working Together When It Matters

Shannon Litzenberger is a Toronto-based dancer, choreographer, writer, director and arts advocate. In 2010 she was named the first-ever Metcalf Arts Policy Fellow. In this role she’s been taking stock of current policy trends at home and abroad and identifying ways in which the arts sector can better adapt to its changing environment. She has published over 100 articles on arts policy through contributions to local, national and international publications as well as through her popular blog The Arts Policy Diaries. Her work in arts policy has also contributed significantly to shaping sector-wide advocacy strategies on behalf of the arts and culture community. She is the former Executive Director of the Canadian Dance Assembly, a founding member of the Performing Arts Alliance and current a member of the Canadian Arts Coalition Steering Committee.

Mother Nature has kept Calgary in the hearts and minds of all Canadians as of late.  Across the country, we watched with shock and dismay as major flooding consumed many areas of the Calgary region this summer, leaving behind extensive damage to homes and businesses. But as news headlines broadcasted the extent and severity of flood damage, a good news story was also spreading about how Calgarians were handling these most adverse conditions with humour and grace.

Collective Impact in the Arts

Ian David Moss helps funders, government agencies, and others support the arts more effectively by harnessing the power of data to drive informed decision-making. As Research Director for Fractured Atlas, Ian designed and leads implementation of the organization’s pioneering cultural asset mapping software, Archipelago, which aggregates and visualizes information about creative activities in a particular geography in order to better illuminate who’s making art, who’s engaging with it, where it’s happening, and how it’s made possible. A member of the Americans for the Arts Emerging Leaders Council, he was previously Development Manager for the American Music Center and founded two first-of-their-kind performing ensembles: a hybrid electric chamber group/experimental rock band and a choral collective devoted to the music of the past 25 years. He holds BA and MBA degrees from Yale University.

Through its #yycArtsPlan process, Calgary has the opportunity to pursue what may be the first full-fledged collective impact model in the arts. Will it take the reins?