Welcome to our Blog: “Backstage with CCPA”



Each month we will feature a new posting from a member of our CCPA circle of students, faculty and supporters. We hope you will join us each month to get some inside perspective on CCPA!

For our first instalment, we are featuring some thoughts on the importance of the performing arts from our CHAS Board President – Marguerite Rowe.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie from the CCPA 2015-16 Season, Photo: Leanne Green

By Marguerite Rowe, President of the Canadian Heritage Arts Society

Over the past 6 years, I have had the pleasure of being a volunteer board member with The Canadian Heritage Arts Society, a non-profit charitable organization that owns and operates the Canadian College of Performing Arts and also undertakes cultural projects in the community. I have witnessed the tremendous passion, talent and work of our faculty as they nurture the artistic development of our students to become professional performers and cultural leaders across Canada and beyond. I burst with pride as I watch the students and our graduates perform on the stage and bring so much joy to all who attend.

Like literature, painting and other creative endeavours, the performing arts are an essential part of our culture and help to define who we are as a society. They do more than entertain. Oscar Wilde said, “I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”

With all the conflict and strife present around the world, I also have a renewed appreciation for author David Rubenstein’s reflections as he writes that “the world is a complicated place, and there’s a lot of division between people. The performing arts tend to unify people in a way nothing else does.”

My life has been enriched by my active involvement in supporting the students of The Canadian College of Performing Arts. I am not alone as I see how our Volunteers contribute to the College and what they take away – new relationships, meaningful project engagement and many smiles from watching our students perform.

Like others, I am also a donor and happy to contribute to such an exceptional cause. Performing Arts are essential to our society and I am honoured to play a part. Would you like to join me?


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