National Arts Centre
Maurizio Ortolani began working with the National Arts Centre in 1998 as a consultant in Internet technologies and Web communications. He became the National Arts Centre's first New Media Producer in June 2000. As such, he is responsible for the National Arts Centre's digital outreach programs including websites, audio/video production, podcasting, webcasting and the NAC's next-generation distance learning project, "Hexagon" (2001).
The Hexagon project allows the NAC to produce high-fidelity, high-definition interactive videoconferences using research networks like CANARIE in Canada and Internet2 across the United States and around the world. The Hexagon project now produces over 100 network-based distance education sessions each year.
In 2002, Maurizio and his NAC New Media team launched the award-winning ArtsAilve.ca website. ArtsAlive.ca is the National Arts Centre's educational outreach website. The site, which features four complete modules dedicated to Music, English Theatre, French Theatre and Dance is an engaging, informative and entertaining resource for kids, their teachers and their parents. ArtsAlive.ca welcomes more than 4500 visitors each school day.
The latest addition to the virtual exhibits featured on ArtsAlive.ca is NACmusicbox.ca (2009) -- A first-of-its-kind project for any major orchestra in the world. NACmusicbox.ca offers high-quality, full-length audio streams of over 200 NAC Orchestra archival recordings spanning more the 40 years.
NAC New Media currently produces six very popular podcast series, among them the NACOcast with Christopher Millard, one of the most downloaded classical music podcasts on the iTunes Music Store.
Upon completing his university education Maurizio began his project management career in arts administration as executive director of the Ottawa International Jazz Festival. He has also worked with the Canadian Tulip Festival as programme director. Before joining the National Arts Centre, Maurizio ran a successful Internet consulting group dedicated to helping local arts organizations with their Internet strategies.