Thursday, October 20, 2016

Arts Day: 160 delegates descend on Ottawa October 25 2016

From a media release:

Arts Day: 160 delegates descend on Ottawa to celebrate a promise ten years in the making
October 25, 2016

Ottawa, October 20th, 2016 – More than 160 members of the arts sector will be coming to Ottawa from across Canada on October 25th to discuss the key role of the arts with decision makers.
Delegates will be celebrating the commitment made in Budget 2016 to double the funding of the Canada Council for the Arts – a promise that has been ten years in the making.
Ottawa
The government of Paul Martin had committed to doubling funding for the Canada Council in 2005, a promise that evaporated when the Liberals lost the 2006 election.

“For the last ten years we’ve been continuing to tell government that the arts sector delivers huge economic and social impact for the cost,” said Kate Cornell, co-chair of the Canadian Arts Coalition. “To see all that work finally pay off is exciting.”
Calgary, public art

A perfect example of the impact of the government’s support is the story of Indigenous singer/songwriter Christa Couture. Christa’s second album came out of the heartache she dealt with after the death of her first son. While touring, Christa spoke openly about her loss and realized her music was consoling others who had also lost someone dear to them. She began receiving regular letters or emails from people explaining how her music has touched them. “That kind of exchange has become one of the most important parts of my work and I've continued to create work about loss for almost ten years now for that reason.”
Winnipeg, mural

Christa concedes, however, that she would not be able to produce or share her music without public funding. “I can and will always write songs - and foremost, as an artist, the work I create is for me. But it is without exaggeration to say that the work evolves from there; the work that has found its place within the cultural fabric of Canada, has only reached ears and hearts through the financial support of our arts councils and foundations”

About the Canadian Arts Coalition
The Canadian Arts Coalition is a collaborative non-partisan movement spearheaded by a group of national arts service and membership organizations.  They are united in the belief that the future of our citizens, their towns and cities and the nation itself depends on a rich, vibrant and diverse arts and heritage community. Since its inception, the CAC has successfully lobbied for increased support for the arts through the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

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