Arts Leadership Director
Geraldine Ysselstein is the Arts Leadership Director for the Rozsa Foundation. In this role, she designs, delivers and supports the delivery of professional development opportunities for arts manager’s at different stages of their career. She also liaises with the jury, partners, nominators, nominees, and recipients of the Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management.
Geraldine grew up surrounded by the arts. Not only did she learn to play piano and viola and dabble with paint from a young age; but for 11 years her family hosted classical, folk, and jazz concerts plus an art and craft gallery in their one-room school house. Setting up for concerts, taking ticket reservations, and serving apple cider to the audience was her introduction to arts management. After defending her MA thesis on East German Material Culture at the University of British Columbia, she found herself working in the music department at Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity. From there, she also worked for Wilder & Davis Luthiers in Banff, the “Big Boreal Adventure” and Willow Springs Creative Centre in Thunder Bay, the Banff International String Quartet Competition in Banff, and the Calgary Civic Symphony in Calgary.
Passionate about professional development – Geraldine has completed a BA in European Studies from the University of Guelph, an MA in European Studies from the University of British Columbia, a diploma in Arts and Cultural Management from MacEwan University, the Rozsa Arts Management Program (RAMP) from the University of Calgary, the New Fundamentals program from Banff Centre, the Artists Working in Community program from the City of Calgary, and will soon be pursuing some Adult and Community Education courses from the University of Calgary. Her approach to teaching arts management is to integrate business processes with the arts – whether it be through the art form, art materials, art exercises, art locations, or guest speaker from the arts sector.