(September 4, 2018) – Edmonton International Street Performers Festival is pleased to announce they have received the John Mahon Arts Administrators’ Sabbatical Fund through the Edmonton Arts Council. Festival Producer, Shelley Switzer, will be taking the sabbatical November 2018 – March 2019.
John Mahon was the Executive Director of the Edmonton Arts Council for 15 years until his retirement in 2013. This fund and program recognizes his contributions to the Edmonton arts community by providing the opportunity for local arts administrators to undertake sabbatical leave projects. Their continued contributions to the organizations they manage will enhance the stability and sustainability of Edmonton’s arts community.
“I am thrilled that Shelley is the successful applicant of the John Mahon Arts Administrators’ Sabbatical Program,” says StreetFest Board President, Chelsey Quirk. “Shelley has dedicated countless years and energy into StreetFest and its success, and this program recognizes her value and many sacrifices. While Shelley is away, the reins will be handed over to Paul Bezaire, who has shown great leadership and passion for the festival and will continue to steer it forward.”
Shelley has been with the festival for 30 years, serving 19 of those years as the Artistic Producer. Edmonton International Street Performers Festival would like to thank the Edmonton Arts Council for this opportunity.
Edmonton International Street Performers Festival will celebrate its 35th year, July 5 – 14, 2019.