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Jason van Eyk

Governor (Ontario)

In May 2011, Jason van Eyk was named Executive Director of ArtsSmarts – an innovative model of arts-centred, in-school partnerships that push the boundaries of learning, redefine the environment of schooling, and re-imagine student success.

Jason may be new to ArtsSmarts, but he is no stranger to the transformational power of the arts, personally and professionally. While his first love is music – Jason holds an M.Mus from the Eastman School of Music – his practice has been aligned with arts education and administration activities for many years. Merging these worlds into one, Jason completed an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University, specializing in art and media administration in 2000.

Since then, Jason has demonstrated his passion for an expanded role for the arts in Canadian life, a flare for teaching, and an appetite for launching new ventures wherever he works. You only have to look at the Canadian Music Centre, where he was the Ontario Regional Director 2003-2011, or the University of Toronto, where he was Founding Director of the U of T ArtsZone, to find examples of his impact. Add in his classroom experience and it becomes clear why Jason can connect with the ArtsSmarts mission in a deeply personal manner.

Jason volunteers with the Advisory Council of the University of Toronto Scarborough Arts Management program and the Advisory Council of ArtsBuild Ontario.

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