ASSITEJ Canada is a membership-driven, non-profit, inclusive service organization. It supports and promotes the multilingual exchange of knowledge, development and practice in the professional performing arts for young audiences in order to increase creative co-operation and to deepen mutual understanding. ASSITEJ Canada, as part of ASSITEJ International, allows creators and presenters of work for young audiences across Canada to take part in international conversations and activities.
ASSITEJ Canada is an open and inclusive service organization developed for the purpose of providing leadership and support to professional groups and organizations that present or produce live performances for young audiences across Canada.
In this role, ASSITEJ Canada will:
- Endorse and foster the value of live performances for young audiences
- Connect and communicate with partners nationally and internationally
- Further develop methodologies that will generate new ideas and concepts for this specific profession.
- Share the excellent work accomplished by its members
- Promote the creation and dissemination of the work of its members
- Explore avenues to include associated communities such as academics.
- Participate in the development of cultural policies both national and international that reflect the role of live performances for young audiences.
- Provide bilingual communications and services in Canada’s official languages and others as feasible
ASSITEJ Canada is focused on three key objectives. They include:
1) To facilitate an artistic exchange amongst its members.
2) To promote and celebrate the high quality and diversity of the performing arts for young audiences in Canada.
3) To create a national archive through the collection of materials and documentation of work for young audiences.
Objective 1: Maintain an ASSITEJ Canada website, distribute a biannual newsletter and organize and host an Annual General Meeting at which members will vote on all new proposals that concern the organization as a whole.
Objective 2: Participate in national and international forums, festivals and conferences in order to promote the organization and its membership. Initiate new artistic networks, projects and collaborations. ASSITEJ Canada sends at least one representative to the international ASSITEJ Congress in order to speak on behalf of its membership and forge new relationships with other organizations with related interests.
Objective 3: Collect and archive documentation relating to the production of theatre for young audience, including seasonal brochures, scripts and production photographs. The archive is accessible to the ASSITEJ membership upon request.