Laura Adlers has over 25 years’ experience in the private, not-for-profit and public sectors in Canada, the United States and internationally, with specialization working in the cultural sector. Recognized for her leadership skills, she has worked primarily with performing artists and arts organizations in Canada and abroad, and is known for her work with Canadian and international choirs. Her broad range of expertise includes program development, marketing and public relations, project management, fundraising, and stakeholder and community engagement.
From 2011 – 2014, Laura was the National Program and Community Relations Director for Business for the Arts’ flagship artsVest™ corporate sponsorship training program. As a member of the executive team, she was responsible for the national expansion of the artsVest program. This position required her to travel across Canada, meeting with community partners and arts managers and learning about the specific dynamics of Canada’s provincial arts and heritage communities. This invaluable experience sparked a great interest in pursuing graduate studies to enhance her knowledge about arts management practices around the world.
In 2015, Laura completed her Master of Management in International Arts Management (MMIAM) through studies at HEC Montréal, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, and Bocconi University in Milan. She conducted thesis research in Riga, Latvia and presented her thesis in Milan. She is currently the Editor of the MMIAM blog, which features interviews with MMIAM alumni, members of the program’s International Advisory Committee and articles from the International Journal of Arts Management.
Since 2015, Laura has focused on national and international projects and has a special interest in cultural policy and program development. She is an independent management consultant and continues to produce cultural projects under the umbrella of The Adlers Agency.
She is an active volunteer in the Latvian community in Canada and was a member of the board and steering committees for the XV Latvian Festival of Song and Dance in Canada, which was presented in Toronto from July 4-7, 2019. Following the festival, Laura produced the State Choir LATVIJA’s début Canadian tour, an act of cultural diplomacy in thanks for Canada’s leadership of the present NATO mission in Latvia.
When she is not managing the business of the arts, Laura works as a Latvian – English literary translator and is a member of the Latvian Literature Association in Riga. She lives and works in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.