Choreographing Our Future: Strategies for Supporting Next Generation Arts Practice

Choreographing Our Future: Strategies for Supporting Next Generation Arts Practice

As our cultural expression evolves, there is a need to re-look at some of the fundamental assumptions regarding how the arts are supported and sustained in Canada. The environment in which we are operating is radically different than in decades past. New technologies, changing demographics, global interconnectedness, and the evolving nature of public engagement in […]

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The Arts Policy Diaries: Arts Day Rallies All-Party Support for Key Policy Priorities

The Arts Policy Diaries: Arts Day Rallies All-Party Support for Key Policy Priorities

Tuesday October 23rd marked the Canadian Arts Coalition’s annual Arts Day on Parliament Hill. Building on four years of positive momentum, Arts Day 2012 welcomed over 130 arts supporters from across the country – converging under the banner of the Canadian Arts Coalition to advance a common message. The Coalition’s membership includes artists, arts organizations, […]

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The Arts Policy Diaries: Conversations for a New Generation

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Over the past two years as the first-ever Metcalf Arts Policy Fellow, I have spent time taking stock of current industry trends at home and abroad in order to identify ways in which the arts sector can better adapt to its changing environment. I met with more than 100 cultural leaders across Canada, the U.S., […]

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The Arts Policy Diaries: Arts Day at the City a Call to Action for the Culture Conscious

The Arts Policy Diaries: Arts Day at the City a Call to Action for the Culture Conscious

On Monday, November 14, Councillors from all corners of Toronto participated in the 2nd Annual Arts Day at the City. Led by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) along with Friends of the Arts, arts sector workers, patrons and supporters gathered at City Hall to meet with 25 City Councillors individually to discuss […]

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The Arts Policy Diaries: Heritage Minister James Moore Praises Arts Day

My attempts at live blogging at yesterday’s Arts Day meetings was a challenge given my slightly frenetic meeting schedule. However, I’ve updated yesterday’s blog with play-by-play updates and photos so please take a look! Perhaps the highlight of the event was a couple of heartfelt speeches given by both Heritage Minister James Moore and Canadian […]

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The Arts Policy Diaries: Arts Day Live Blog

The Arts Policy Diaries: Arts Day Live Blog

10:00am It’s a beautiful sunny day in Ottawa today – perfect for a little arts advocacy activity on Parliament Hill. Just over an hour ago, 100+ members of the Canadian Arts Coalition from across the country headed out to meet with 120 MP’s, Senators, political officials, and Cabinet Ministers. We gathered before dawn this morning […]

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The Arts Policy Diaries: Ford Nation Fails to Deliver Hat Trick in Ontario

The Arts Policy Diaries: Ford Nation Fails to Deliver Hat Trick in Ontario

Toronto showed its true political colours in yesterday’s provincial election. With speculation that right-leaning Ford Nation would be the key to turning Ontario blue, last night’s results showed that in fact, this was not the case. At 53 MPP’s, the Liberals were just one seat shy of a third consecutive majority. While they did lose […]

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The Arts Policy Diaries: Toronto’s Controversial Service Review – What’s Next?

The Arts Policy Diaries: Toronto’s Controversial Service Review – What’s Next?

Over the next few weeks, the fate of many of Toronto’s valued programs and services will be decided at City Hall. Toronto’s core service review took another step forward on Monday, September 12th, when city manager Joe Pennachetti released his report outlining city recommendations for spending cuts – an attempt to reconcile an alleged $774M […]

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The Arts Policy Diaries: Reflections on the Chicago Arts Symposium

The Arts Policy Diaries: Reflections on the Chicago Arts Symposium

On Tuesday June 7th I had the pleasure of spending the day in Chicago where I participated in Future of the City: The Arts Symposium – a joint venture between the Cultural Policy Centre at the University of Chicago and the National Endowment of the Arts. The event showcased leading thinkers interested in enhancing the […]

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The Arts Policy Diaries: Thoughts on Capitalization

The Arts Policy Diaries: Thoughts on Capitalization

The past few weeks have been densely packed with activities of an artistic nature for me and so my blogging has been sorely neglected. But I’m back at it just in time for federal budget day! And since there’s really nothing new to say on that topic, I thought I’d share some general thoughts on […]

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