Howard Jang heads to Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in the new year

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      Vancouver arts mover and shaker Howard Jang is Alberta-bound: he has been named the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity's new vice-president of arts and leadership, starting  January 8, 2018.

      Jang helmed the Arts Club Theatre Company for 14 years before taking his more recent post as the director of SFU Woodward's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts and a professor at the university's School for the Contemporary Arts. He's also held leadership roles at Ballet BC and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

      "I have spent an entire career interacting with the Banff Centre," he said in a press statement today, "as a student and as a leader of some of Canada's most innovative and successful arts organizations in theatre, dance, and music. My experience in the field and, most recently, with Simon Fraser University has also strengthened my deep commitment to leadership development and training."

      In his new role, Jang will be responsible for delivering year-round arts and leadership training programs at the centre, including multidisciplinary international programs in performing arts, Indigenous arts, visul and media arts, and the literary arts.

      "His passion for arts education, training, and presentation makes him the ideal choice to deliver on artistic learning and leadership training," Janice Price, the centre's president and CEO, said in the statement.

      Jang is the second prominent Vancouver arts helmer to join forces with the famous Alberta centre. Emily Molnar, artistic director of Ballet BC, serves as sessional artistic director of dance at the facility.