Canada arts council names new CEO

Brault (pictured) will start his five-year term as the leader of the national arts funder on June 26.
Simon Brault

Simon Brault has been appointed to a five-year term as the director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Department of Canadian Heritage announced Thursday.

Prior to his appointment, Brault was the vice chairperson of the Canada Council for the Arts since 2004 and has been the CEO of the National Theatre School of Canada since 1997. The Canada Council for the Arts is a Crown corporation that serves as the country’s national arts funder, supporting work in music, theatre, writing and publishing, dance and media arts, including independent film.

In his new role at the head of the national arts funder, Brault plans to explore issues around what role public arts funding will play in the future.

“I really think that we are a moment – not just in Canada, but all over the world – where public funding has to be questioned and reinvented,” Brault told Playback Daily.

Brault said he also plans to encourage more conversation between the council, artists and the Canadian public about what role the organization should play.

“I don’t have all the answers, but I’m going there with a lot of questions and the sense that it is still very important to rely on expertise, but it also very important to have a more open conversation,” Brault said.

Brault will start his term as director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts on June 26.