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Entrepren-Hour: Economic Landscape of Alberta’s Arts & Culture Industries

Thursday, March 12 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

ATB Entrepreneur Centre, Lethbridge

ATB Branch for Arts & Culture + Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge

What is the current economic climate for arts and culture in Alberta, what has changed, and what has stayed the same. What makes the economics of the arts unique from other industries, and how does Lethbridge’s economic picture connect with the greater picture of cultural industries in Alberta.

Speaker Bio:

Derek Stevenson (B.A, B.Mgt, M.Mgt) is a Culture Banker for ATB Financials Branch for Arts & Culture. Derek has been working in the Arts & Cultural industries in Alberta for over ten years, and has worked in leadership roles, educational capacities, and as a mentor for other leaders in the Arts & Cultural industries across our province. Derek’s expertise lies in the not-for-profit arts industries particularly financial literacy, economics, and governance.

Dawn Leite is the Community Relations Manager at the Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge. She is a passionate advocate for the Performing Arts Center which she sees as a necessary step for Lethbridge to foster the music and theatre communities. Dawn has served on many committees in Lethbridge and is currently the chair of the Heart of Our City Committee. Other community volunteer work includes Upper Victoria Park Neighbour Day, Lethbridge & District Music & Speech Arts Festival Society, Rotary Club of Lethbridge, Lethbridge Community Band Society, Lethbridge Jazz Society, Canada Day Committee and more. Graduating with a B.Mus/B. Ed from the University of Lethbridge, Dawn has more than 15 years of experience as an arts administrator. Dawn is currently pursuing graduate studies in Business Administration from Edinburgh Business School. She lives with her husband Gregg (himself a tuba player) and their canine child, Samson. Dawn can often be found playing clarinet with the Lethbridge Community Gold Band, the Polkaholix and teaching clarinet clinics.

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