Since joining the Indefinite Arts Centre – the driving force behind the National accessArts Centre vision – in June 2017, Jung-Suk (JS) Ryu has overseen the evolution of the organization from being a community-based “society” to becoming an artist-focused centre for the arts. In less than a year, JS has introduced a modern brand, a focused mission and vision, and an ambitious strategic plan – This is Our Moment – that will guide the organization into the future as a global player in the disability arts movement.
Already, JS and the artists at Indefinite Arts Centre have made tremendous progress to realize this goal, launching the Centre’s first overseas exhibitions in Hong Kong and Seoul in March 2018, advocating for inclusive arts policies as a panelist and delegate to the Canadian Arts Summit and the Americas Cultural Summit, and securing partnerships with Calgary-based arts organizations such as the National Music Centre and Leighton Art Centre to expand creation and exhibition opportunities.
Prior to this role, JS held senior roles advising high profile parliamentarians, diplomats, and non-profit executives in the areas of public relations, issues management, marketing, and government relations. In his most recent role, as Director, External and Community Relations at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, he stewarded the growth of the institution’s public sector funding – securing an unprecedented $750,000 increase from the Canada Arts Training Fund – during a time of political and economic uncertainty.
Before joining the Banff Centre, JS was the first Director, Public Affairs at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), inspiring a new nationwide approach to streamlined government relations, communications, marketing, and advocacy efforts for the organization. His grassroots advocacy campaign during the 2015 Alberta provincial election was hailed as the “north star of advocacy campaigns” by the Edmonton Sun.
Appointed one of 100 Centennial Ambassadors for the Province of Alberta in 2005, JS was also appointed to the National Unification Advisory Council by the President of the Republic of Korea in 2012. In 2017, he was named one of five fellows from Canada – one in 50 globally – to participate in the Salzburg Global Seminar’s Forum for Young Cultural Innovators.