Indefinite Arts Centre, Canada’s oldest and largest disability arts organization, congratulates CEO Jung-Suk (JS) Ryu on being selected as one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Calgary magazine for 2019.

Ryu was appointed CEO of Indefinite Arts Centre in June 2017. Prior to this appointment, Ryu held several senior roles spanning a wide range of sectors including: Director, External and Community Relations at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity; Director, Public Affairs at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind; and Principal Speechwriter to the Ambassador of Japan. 

In less than two years leading Indefinite Arts Centre, JS has led the development of a comprehensive five-year strategic plan, resulting in a new vision and mission, a new brand, and a renewed focus on arts training and creation for artists with disabilities. This work has greatly expanded exhibition opportunities locally and in markets such as Hong Kong, Seoul, and most recently, Dubai. During this time, annual revenues for the charitable organization have grown by more than 33% to $1.2 million, driven by historic highs in public and private sector support.

In 2017, he was named a Salzburg Global Fellow, as one of five “Young Cultural Innovators” from Canada – one of 50 appointed globally that year.  

“The arts can pave the way to open a whole new level of accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities,” said Ryu. “To lead this amazing institution that provides an extraordinary platform for training and creation is a tremendous privilege.” 

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