RBC was one of three companies to receive awards of distinction at the 31st Annual Business for the Arts Awards gala held on October 31, 2009 at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The award recognizes our commitment to the arts as demonstrated by the RBC Emerging Artist Project which supports more than 30 projects across Canada, helping artists bridge the gap from the academic to the professional world in theatre, musical performance, writing, film-making, glassmaking, playwriting, curatorship, design and choreography.
"We believe in the power of the arts to enrich our lives and enhance our communities," says Shari Austin, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship for RBC, and recipient of the award at the gala event. RBC also hosted a number of partners for the gala event including The Canadian Opera Company, The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, The National Ballet of Canada, Roy Thomson Hall and The National Gallery.
Formed in 1974, Business for the Arts is a national non-profit business association committed to enhancing the quality of life in Canadian communities by increasing private sector support of the arts.