Kate Cornell


Kate Cornell is an arts advocate, and writer based in Toronto. She advocates nationally on behalf of the arts sector as the Co-Chair of the Canadian Arts Coalition/la Coalition canadienne des arts. As English-language spokesperson for the Coalition, she has been interviewed by the Globe and Mail, Canadian Press, and CBC’s The National. With a PhD in Communication and Culture, her graduate research focused on Canadian cultural policies for dance at the federal level. Cornell is the proud recipient of the John Hobday Award in Arts Management (2016) from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Kate Cornell's Work

On the Ground

Voting 101

By Kate Cornell

Everything you need to know about voting this October and why it matters for the arts sector.

On the Ground

Getting Involved at the Federal Level

By Kate Cornell

Why should the dance community care about politics? Kate Cornell writes about why it’s important for dance artists to get involved and offers tips on how to convincingly speak to politicians.


Getting Involved at the Federal Level By Kate Cornell

The 2018 Arts Day on the Hill

Photo courtesy of Kate Cornell

The Politics of Dance

The current moment of arts advocacy at the federal level By Kate Cornell

Ten years ago, in the Summer 2007 issue, Shannon Litzenberger, then executive director of the Canadian Dance Assembly, wrote a column about the dance community and the federal government, “Coping with the Conservatives: CDA reflects on a year of cultural policy under Canada’s new government.” The Dance Current asked current executive director Kate Cornell to comment on the changes over the past decade and the relationship with the Trudeau Liberal government.

The Politics of Dance

By Kate Cornell

Kate Cornell, executive director of Canadian Dance Assembly and co-chair of the Canadian Arts Coalition, discusses arts advocacy in the current political moment.

Inspired List

National Youth Ambassador for Dance Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli By Kate Cornell

Not Your Average Dance Conference

CDA National Conference Sept. 23-25, 2010 By Kate Cornell

It was no coincidence that the Canadian Dance Assembly’s (CDA) conference happened at the National Ballet School in Toronto during Culture Days.

Dancing in School

Ontario's New Elementary Dance Curriculum By Kate Cornell

As of 2010, dance and drama will be evaluated separately on report cards in Ontario public schools, and this is making some elementary classroom teachers nervous. A new arts curriculum, introduced in 2009, goes some distance in alleviating teacher anxiety.

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