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WORD FROM THE MANAGING DIRECTOR

2021-08-25

Dear members and friends of DAM,

It is with great excitement (and maybe even a little bit of trepidation) that I am sending you my first communication today.

As we all know, the last 18 months have not been all smooth sailing, primarily because of the word that starts with P and ends with -andemic. This has been the backdrop for several events — often tragic, sometimes inspiring — that have forced us all to revisit our connection with others. It has also pushed us to position ourselves more firmly to develop the type of society that we need to build today ; one in which everyone feels fully accepted, and in which everyone has a place. Not a place that is granted, but a place that is earned; regardless of color, origin, or cultural background of the person. Working to fight inequalities has taken on an even deeper meaning for me since the spring of 2020 and I see my involvement with DAM as an extraordinary opportunity to express both my values and my commitment to a wonderful ecosystem of so-called diversity artists and cultural workers.

For a long time, DAM has been a space where people can find comfort. Whether through simple contact with the community or through artistic and cultural opportunities which give voice and visibility to the members and, in so doing, contribute to the fight against racism and discrimination. We cannot deny that the issues experienced at DAM in the past year — which resulted in a hiatus in several projects, an almost complete halt in activities, and several departures from the team — has unfortunately created a distance between the organization and you, the members. It was far from intentional, but more a regrettable repercussion of a focus that had to be put in managing this storm.

This situation has created some very difficult moments, but it has also brought clarity on how vital it is to keep the connection between us during these particular times. It is in this vein that the Board of Directors and I wish to announce the launch of the Members’ Hub (Carrefour des membres). This Hub will take the form of meetings between members, the Board and the team, bringing us together at least three times a year. This space will allow you to share your needs, concerns and ask your questions. The members will decide on the agenda and the topics of discussion, and the first Hub will be held on November 8th at 5:30 pm. You will receive more details about this soon !

As for me, I am still discovering DAM’s impressive backstage and background. I am still collecting the bricks, stones and mortar that will serve for DAM’s reconstruction, a reconstruction that we will do together. Activities will gradually resume as the team settles into their new roles. Composed of only 2 people when I first arrived, it will continue to grow in the coming months. Each of us is putting oil on the wheels, and we are slowly but surely scaling the learning curve. I cannot wait to introduce the team to you !

There is still (some) work to be done before the Annual General Meeting in January. Together we will get there, and I am excited about this collaboration. I cannot say this will be a new chapter, because it is much more than that. This is a new tome of DAM’s history, and we will write it together. It is with enthusiasm and humbleness that I accept this mandate that you have entrusted to me. I am looking forward to meeting and working with all of you as we (re)grow and (re)expand our reach in a very positive way for DAM.

Thank you so much for welcoming me to the DAM family =]

 

Tau S. BUI

Managing Director

direction@diversiteartistique.org

 

BIO

With 20 years of experience in administration, ten of which were spent in business organizations (AbitibiBowater, Bell Canada, SITQ/Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and KPMG), Tau S. Bui joined the cultural milieu in 2012 when she joined the FTA team — international festival of contemporary dance and theatre — where her evolution led her to become Director of Finance and Operations. In 2018, she became Director of Administration and Human Resources at Tangente Danse. There she discovered strong business strategy skills and joined a few boards of directors over the years. Tau continues to be passionate about arts management in Montreal and Quebec through the rich array of practices that are offered

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