Jun 09, 2022
By Christine Ross
The National Ballet of Canada has received a $10 million gift from Canadian businessman and philanthropist Donald K. Johnson.
The gift will honour his late wife Anna McCowan-Johnson’s lifelong love of ballet as well as giving back to the community.
The gift will be used to support two of the ballet’s initiatives – acquire and produce new works and create a new position focused on education and community outreach.
“With this generous gift, The National Ballet of Canada will be well placed to commission inspiring new repertoire with creators and collaborators that will challenge our artists and share new stories with our audiences. In the pursuit of maintaining relevance and contributing to the international dialogue, the National Ballet will honour Anna’s legacy by continuing to encourage creativity at home and abroad,” said Hope Muir, Joan and Jerry Lozinski Artistic Director