Birthplace of hybrid art
Founded in 2007
Inter Arts Matrix is a not-for-profit charitable arts organization
that fosters the development of integrated art
based in the Region of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
A message from Isabella Stefanescu, Inter Arts Matrix Interim Artistic Director
Inter Arts Matrix artistic director Anne-Marie Donovan has been on sabbatical since October 1, 2014. It has taken me about six months to get up to speed on all the balls that Anne-Marie kept up in the air with so much grace, and as I have been learning the ropes some of the balls - like the monthly IAM Newsletter - got dropped. But we are back - and we plan to keep the news coming to you every month, or so.
While on Sabbatical, Anne-Marie has been working as hard as ever. Here is one of her projects coming up this Sunday, March 22, at 8:00 pm at Knox Presbyterian Church, in Waterloo. Come out and see a great show - and support a great cause!
Interim Artistic Director
Isabella Stefanescu was appointed the Inter Arts Matrix Interim artistic director at the September 23, 2014 AGM. She will temporarily replace Anne-Marie Donovan, the founding artistic director of Inter Arts Matrix, who is on sabbatical. Isabella has been an artist with Inter Arts Matrix since 2007, and associate artist since 2012. A painter, media artist, writer and producer, Isabella studied mathematics, fine arts and art history at the University of Waterloo. In 2008 she completed the interactive arts and entertainment residency at the Canadian Film Centre Media Lab, and in 2009 she was a resident artist at the Banff New Media Institute. Isabella's work has been exhibited in public and private galleries in Canada, France, and the U.S.A. The films she wrote, produced or designed have been shown at festivals in Canada, Germany, France and Italy. Isabella has been awarded the K.M. Hunter award for interdisciplinary art, and a Chalmers Professional Development Fellowship.
“Anne-Marie Donovan is a hard act to follow. Not only was she the visionary founder of Inter Arts Matrix, but her interdisciplinary experience and her wide knowledge of the new music and theatre circles in Canada make her the ideal connector at the heart of Inter Arts Matrix," says Isabella Stefanescu. "My background is more in the visual and media arts, and you will see that reflected in our programming while I am at the helm. I am so honoured that Anne-Marie and the board have trusted me to head this wonderful organization.”
We are so pleased to have five new members of the board:
A thousand thanks from all of us at Inter Arts Matrix to outgoing board members Jamie Hoffman, Mark Leslie and Scott Spidell.
Our past chair, Scott Spidell, has moved to better weather in Austin, Texas. We shall miss his generous presence and wise advice, and we shall slightly begrudge him the balmy Texas temperature during the colder winter months.
Our rigorous pas treasurer, Mark Leslie, had to step down from the board to make time for his growing family. Mark has generously spent time with Anna Sampson, our present treasurer, teaching her how to cross the t's and dot the i's at Inter Arts Matrix.
We shall miss Jamie Hoffman at meetings but we will probably see him in the course of our artistic work at IAM. Jamie is an artist at IAM, and has been involved in a variety of projects such as Myaudia, Guerrilla Sound Events, Signature and (((Cocktail Party Effect))).
To all of you, from all of us, many thanks for helping govern this wonderful organization.
Crossing Artistic Boundaries
We are good at crossing artistic boundaries - that's what IAM does by definition - but recently we have been also working on crossing administrative borders. Inter Arts Matrix will be sharing an administrator extraordinaire with NUMUS and Open Ears Festival of Sound and New Music. Joining our teams, to keep us in order and in line, is Sarah Kernohan, a visual artist who used to be at the artistic helm of CAFKA (Contemporary Arts Forum Kitchener and Area) before she left to earn her MFA (2015) at University of Waterloo.
Read more about it here:
Waterloo Region, Ontario – February 19, 2015: Inter Arts Matrix, NUMUS Concerts Inc., and Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound have today announced a partnership that will build on their past history of artistic collaboration to develop a new and innovative administrative structure. They anticipate this approach will allow them to more effectively share and build on resources, and identify further opportunities to increase their artistic effectiveness. The establishment of the working partnership was developed with support from The Canada Council for the Arts, and has recently received funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to obtain administrative support that will help the three organizations pursue organizational growth and sustainability projects.
In particular the OTF funding has allowed the organizations to hire Sarah Kernohan, formerly with CAFKA, to work with them for a one year pilot project. Sarah's experience and knowledge will allow her to not only support the current staff as they work to identify ways to streamline their administrative structures but may provide fresh insights. Sarah will begin working later this spring.
Sarah noted “I am excited to be working with InterArts Matrix, NUMUS, and Open Ears in this new role. I admire the work that they are doing and I am thrilled to be welcomed into the fold as this partnership between the three organizations develops. I feel that I will be able to bring a lot to the table in terms of my own experience working in administration in the visual arts. The added perk for me is that it's a bit of a return for me, as I stopped my musical practice when I started studying the visual arts at university. I'm looking forward to engaging with the programming on a more intimate level.”
“The community will benefit from the lessons learned throughout the development and implementation of the partnership,” said Cheryl A. Ewing, Festival Manager for Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound. “We hope to be a model for future collaboration in the arts and culture sector.”
“This important partnership will now allow our respective organizations to more effectively pursue other capacity building projects, such as fundraising, marketing, volunteer management, and governance,” said Kathryn Ladano, Artistic Director for NUMUS Concerts Inc. “This is only the beginning.”
“Each of the three organizations has its unique artistic mandate, and the partnership will free the artistic directors to do what they do best - create, curate and present cutting edge work.” said Drew Maddison, Board Chair for Inter Arts Matrix. “We have collaborated together on many artistic projects over the years, and the partnership will help us all build stronger, more sustainable organizations that will foster more creativity in Waterloo Region. This is a positive step for the entire community.”
Inter-Arts Matrix is a not-for-profit registered charitable arts organization that works with artists, scientists, technicians, and communities to research, develop, produce, and present new works that cross the boundaries between, and combine art forms, science, craft and technology. IAM is project driven.
NUMUS, a presenting organization founded in 1985 by composer Peter Hatch, is one of Canada's foremost new music organizations, renowned for its electrifying contemporary programming and high standards of artistry. NUMUS invites audiences to explore the bold sounds and ideas of a new generation of composers and performers while celebrating the innovators of the past. NUMUS presents a full season generally running October to May inclusive.
The Open Ears Festival of Music & Sound uses unusual venues to present an eclectic range of music from new classical music to electroacoustic, musique actuelle, and sound installation. Innovative and collaborative, the festival works closely with other organizations to co-present activities or to include activities within the festival schedule. The next full festival is June 2016; there will be a two-day mini-festival in June of 2015.
To learn more about this partnership, please contact:
Inter Arts Matrix
Isabella Stefanescu, Artistic Director