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Arts Summit
April 16 – 18 2020 | Banff, Alberta

Summit Update: COVID-19

March 16, 2020 – Given the rapidly moving news cycle, including cautions at all levels of government to avoid large gatherings where possible, we have made the decision to postpone this year’s Canadian Arts Summit indefinitely.?

Instead, in service to the arts sector and in the spirit of the Canadian Arts Summit, we are hosting a series of virtual gatherings with?Ministers of Parliament to discuss COVID-19 and its implication to Canada’s arts sector.?

We’ll continue to share details on upcoming sessions via our website and the B/A mailing list.?

What happens next: frequently asked questions

Why have Business / Arts and Banff Centre made this decision??

This is a decision that neither Business / Arts nor Banff Centre has taken lightly. We have met regularly with our Canadian Arts Summit Steering Committee and have monitored news coverage and latest developments. The safety of our delegates and speakers is of paramount importance to Business / Arts and Banff Centre.?

During these extraordinary times, Business / Arts and Banff Centre will host a virtual gathering on April 16 to discuss COVID-19 and its implications to Canada’s arts sector.?

It is crucial for the arts sector to come together now to advocate as one voice. We’ll share more details on this session in the coming weeks and we’ll share updates directly with our mailing list.?

I am a Summit delegate and I have already registered for the Summit. Will I be getting a refund? How will this work??

If you have already registered for this year’s Summit, you will receive a full refund. Or, should you choose to, you will have the opportunity to transfer your registration to the 2021 Canadian Arts Summit. A member of the B/A team will connect with you directly in the coming days.?

Hotel Cancellation

If you have?already booked your stay at Banff Centre, please note that?Banff Centre will be canceling all guest room reservations made under Canadian Arts Summit 2020, booking ID: ART2004.?

For other inquiries, the Banff Centre Reservations team can be reached directly:

Toll Free:?
1 (800) 884-7574?(Canada & U.S.A)?


Flight and Shuttle Cancellation

Travel is the responsibility of the?delegate, therefore please contact the airline directly?to make cancellation arrangements.?

For the shuttle service, if you have booked a refundable ticket with Banff Airporter, please cancel your booking. If you did not buy a refundable ticket, Banff Airporter is?offering a Two Year credit or 80% refund.?

You can contact?their office at –info@banffairporter.com?or (403) 762-3330.

I am a speaker at this year’s Summit, what do I need to know??

B/A will reimburse any travel costs you have incurred to date and we will work with Banff Centre to cancel your accommodation. Maggie Fairs, the program director for this year’s Summit, will be in touch directly.?

I am a funder of this year’s Summit. How will my support be recognized??

We are grateful to each and every one of our funders and supporters. Without you, none of our work is possible. You will continue to be recognized on the B/A website and as well in our promotional material.?

March 10, 2020 – The COVID-19 virus is spreading around the world, causing many challenges internationally as well as here in Canada. As many of you make plans to join us at this year’s Canadian Arts Summit, we want to provide a status update.?The Canadian Arts Summit will move ahead as scheduled on April 16-18?at Banff?Centre.?We are in regular contact with Banff Centre, who have all the necessary steps in place should the situation escalate.?We will continue to monitor and provide weekly updates via our website.?Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not?hesitate?to connect directly with us. Our program director can be reached at?maggie@businessforthearts.org

The Canadian Arts Summit is an event in demand, attracting a diverse, at-capacity complement of delegates, speakers, leadership fellows and senior arts leaders, including artistic directors, executive directors and volunteer board chairs of Canada’s largest arts institutions. Now in its 23rd year, the Canadian Arts summit plays a vital role in bringing Canada’s leading voices together to advance the shape of the future of arts in Canada.

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Business / Arts, in partnership with Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, is excited to open registration for the 2020 Canadian Arts Summit.

Registration is by invitation only, please check your email inbox for the code before clicking below.

If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact us at?summit@businessforthearts.org, or reply to this email.

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