What is an animateur?

Here at SPARC, we often use the words creator, presenter, producer and animateur when describing the roles that those in the performing arts take on when making performing arts happen in their communities.

Of these roles, “animateur” at times can require an explanation.

And though it can be somewhat contrary when we are trying to do some many things here at SPARC, we continue to use of the term because its definition describes a vital role that is commonly found in rural and remote communities.

We’ve rounded up some of the most common definitions to better illuminate this great term.

An animateur is:

  •  someone whose job is to organize cultural projects or social events and get people interested in them
  • a person who enlivens or encourages something, especially a promoter of artistic projects
  • a practicing artist, in any art form, who uses her/his skills, talents and personality to enable others to compose, design, devise, create, perform or engage with works of art of any kind
  • someone whose job is to organize cultural projects or social events and get people interested in them
  • a skilled artist with a central commitment to artistic leadership within a community context

Sound familiar? While someone may not fit all of these definitions, certainly we all know someone (or many!) individuals in our community who do one or more of the above. Another way we generally describe an animateur? They make good stuff happen in our communities!

The word is of French Origin, from medieval Latin animator and is pronounced:

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