New executive director at PDAC
Jazz de Montigny (left) pictured with current executive director of the Portage and District Arts Centre (PDAC) Jean Armstrong. De Montigny will be working along side Armstrong for the next two weeks before taking on the position of executive director on her own. (ROBIN DUDGEON/THE DAILY GRAPHIC/QMI AGENCY)
The Portage and District Arts Centre (PDAC) welcomed its new executive director Jazz de Montigny, Tuesday.
Jazz De Montigny will be shadowing current executive director Jean Armstrong until the end of September when she officially retires. De Montigny is moving from Winnipeg to accept the position.
“I’ve worked in the arts industry for quite a few years now. I’m a graduate of the University of Manitoba fine arts program, I’ve worked with arts funders and grants people, I’ve worked as a mentor for emerging professional artists and I am an artist,” said de Montigny. “I’m familiar with arts administration and with the arts industry and I’ve also served on juries for artist grants for Canada Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council.”
De Montigny is an Anishinabe artist who works in the media of sculpture, painting, video, and crafts although she does also have experience in theatre and journalism. She also led an art display by aboriginal artists at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
“I’ve worked with artists in pretty much all the different art forms and there’s new ones coming up like digital art forms that I’m always curious about,” said de Montigny.
De Montigny is particularly looking forward to coming back to the community that she lived in a number of years ago. She spent some time teaching in Sandy Bay with Assiniboine Community College before she moved to Winnipeg.
“From what I’ve seen already there’s a lot of support from this community for the arts,” said de Montigny.
In the future de Montigny would like to further explore cartooning and animation for young people as well as the concept of public art displays in the city.
“I would really like to see public art and local involvement in massive public art projects. I’m looking at working with professional artists and creating permanent public art that could be used as tourism,” said de Montigny.
Jean Armstrong said her nearly eight years at the Portage and Districts Arts Centre have been very fulfilling and it has probably been the best job she’s ever had.
“The people of Portage have been very good to me and to the arts centre. I’ve learned a lot about running an organization such as this, I’ve learned a lot about art, and it’s just been a wonderful time,” said Armstrong.
Following her retirement at the end of September Armstrong will be moving to Thunder Bay, Ontario to be closer to family.