• January 28 at 8:00 pm
  • Alliance française Toronto - ONLINE
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Let's talk about Diversity, shall we?

To start off 2021 on a good note, we're thrilled to invite you to the sixth edition of the Night of Ideas, annual meeting dedicated to the free flow of ideas and knowledge. This year, everything will be happening on Youtube on Thursday January 28 at night.

How does it work?

1/ RSVP right here.

2/ Get all the videos shortly before the event.

3/ Get cozy and enjoy the Night of Ideas!


At 8PM, join us for a conversation Closer With Diversity. 

Along with Gail Lord, Emelie Chhangur, Karen Carter, and Gaetane Verna, in a conversation moderated by Binkady-Emmanuel Hié, dive into the crucial questions of the lack of representativeness of diversity in the artistic world, and look deeper into lines of thoughts to promote diversity.


Who is Gail Lord?

Gail Lord is one of the world’s foremost museum planners. She is also art critic, commentator, public speaker and co-author of 6 museum planning manuals and several books. Gail co-founded Lord Cultural Resources with her husband Barry Lord in1981 with the aim to deliver specialized planning services to the museum and cultural sector. Gail has championed the idea of “soft power” and is an advocate of a close relationship between cities and museums, and the opportunity this gives museums to provide tangible public benefits. As such she has worked with cities across the world to develop their museum hubs and cultural spaces including Vienna, Salford, Bilbao, Chicago, Toronto, Ottawa and Johannesburg.


Who is Gaëtane Verna?

Gaëtane Verna has been the Director of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery since 2012. Verna has years of experience in arts administration, curating, publishing catalogues and organizing and presenting exhibitions by emerging, mid-career and established Canadian and international artists, including: Terry Adkins, John Akomfrah, Vasco Araújo, Fiona Banner, to name just a few. She is the President of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Arts Council. In 2017 she was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) by the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France in Canada to spotlight and recognize her significant contribution to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world. 


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Karen Carter is a cultural sector executive who enjoys working in creative and educational environments. She has over 20 years of experience working and volunteering in a range of arts, culture and heritage settings. Currently Karen is the Executive Director of the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie Ontario. She is the founding Executive Director of Myseum of Toronto and co-founder and Director of Black Artists' Network and Dialogue (BAND), the organization is dedicated to the promotion of Black arts and culture in Canada and abroad. Karen is also the Founder of C-Art a Caribbean Art Fair launched in January 2020 in Mandeville Jamaica. C-Art is a new approach to the contemporary art fair model connecting artists from the Caribbean region to the international art world.


Who is Emelie Chhangur?


Curator, writer, and artist, Emelie Chhangur, is the newly appointed Director and Curator of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Distinguishing herself as a cultural worker dedicated to questioning the social and civic role of the public institutions of art, Chhangur has developed a curatorially-engaged approach to working across cultural, aesthetic, and social differences through a practice she calls “in-reach”—a concept that has since transformed engaged institutional practice in the arts across Canada. In 2020, she won the prestigious Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for Curatorial Excellence. She holds a Master of Visual Studies from the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto.


Here are all the conversations happening during this amazing night (will also be available on replay): 


Also discover our featuring programs: 

- Philosophy Meet-up club: CLOSER WITH CINEMA

- Podcast Alliance Français: Regards sur la Nuit des Idées


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