CPAF Bulletin

The CPAF Bulletin - Issue 8, August 2010

Government introduces new copyright bill

The federal government's long-awaited copyright bill has drawn a mix of reactions from creators, consumers and industry groups. Introduced June 2, the Copyright Modernization Act would legalize activities in which consumers commonly engage, such as copying CD data to portable MP3 players, but would prohibit breaking digital locks placed on hardware or software.

Critics argue that the digital-lock provisions will stifle their access to digital material for research, education and entertainment purposes. Proponents say that the bill will help protect their intellectual property from piracy.

If passed, the bill would:

  1. permit consumers to make back-up copies of content to protect against loss or damage,
  2. introduce separate penalties for individuals and commercial enterprises who violate copyrights,
  3. render ISPs and search engines immune from their users' copyright violations, and
  4. create new exceptions for copyright violations for the purposes of satire, parody and education.

Arguing for arts and culture in an age of economic uncertainty

A feature article in the June 2010 edition of The Art Newspaper explores the language that arts advocates use to make the case for the arts. Author András Szántó suggests that prevailing arguments-which link a strong arts and culture sector with "great nations", "great cities", and "great outcomes"-no longer work. These ideas, he says, "detach arts advocacy from its own subject" and "fall on deaf ears" as a result. In comparison, he notes that no one would advocate on behalf of cancer hospitals because they also produce jobs.

The search for more compelling language has led some advocates to embrace less "cerebral arguments"-ones that emphasize the arts' contribution to well being, community, and quality of life. 

Arts Professions Act now in effect in Saskatchewan

Legislation recently brought into effect in Saskatchewan will not only recognize artists as professionals, but also require written contracts between artists and those who hire them or use their creative work. The province's Arts Professions Act has been on the books for more than a year, but was brought into full effect in late June. It is a response to demand from creators who argued their business practices needed better protection.
When his government announced the Act was fully implemented, the Minister of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport, Dustin Duncan, called the Act, "a tool to help artists across the province make better livings out of practising their crafts."

For more information on the Act, including sample contracts, visit www.tpcs.gov.sk.ca/arts-professions-act.

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News from around CPAF

CALQ 15th anniversary

To mark its 15th anniversary last year, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) organized celebrations in Montreal and Quebec City that drew hundreds of participants from the arts and literary community. Regional cultural councils marked the event as well during CALQ awards ceremonies for artistic creation that took place throughout the year in most regions of the province. The Conseil also organized successful round-table events in Quebec and Europe. Quebec artists and European producers discussed hybrid artistic practices and contemporary dance in Quebec at the Biennales internationales du spectacle in Nantes and the Venice Biennale, while the evolution of Quebec contemporary theatre was a focal point at the Avignon Festival. In Quebec, a round table on the challenges of artistic and literary creation and dissemination in the regions and another on creation and the international scene each attracted over one hundred participants. The Quebec round tables can be viewed on the CALQ website.

Quebec contemporary dance honoured at Venice Biennale

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Compagnie Marie Chouinard, José Navas/Compagnie Flak and Daniel Léveillé Danse received support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec to present eight of their performances at the latest edition of the Venice Biennale. In the presence of its Chief Executive Officer Yvan Gauthier, the CALQ held a round table on the wealth of contemporary dance in Quebec. To learn more on the subject, check out: Le Québec à l'avant-scène de Veniseproduced by the ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine.

The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec expands its network of creation residencies

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CALQ CEO Yvan Gauthier and Paula Marcela Morteno Zapata, Colombian Minister of Culture, sign an agreement to enable artist exchanges between Quebec and Colombia over the next three years. Photo courtesy CALQ.

Thanks to a three-year agreement between the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and Colombia's Department of Culture, Quebec and Colombian artists will take part in creation residencies in Colombia and Quebec, starting in 2011. Since the CALQ began its work in 1994, some 400 Quebec artists and 200 foreign artists have been able to take part in CALQ creation residencies in 17 countries in Latin America and Europe.  In addition to artist exchanges, the CALQ residencies network has six Quebec studios abroad and specialized residencies.

To find out more, please consult the brochure on CALQ creation residencies.

SAB names indigenous arts consultant

Michelle Rae McKay is the Saskatchewan Arts Board's (SAB's) newest consultant on indigenous and community arts.

A member of the Thunderchild Independent First Nation, McKay has an extensive background in teaching, curriculum development and policy analysis. She has been involved in indigenous arts throughout her life and has served as: a policy analyst for the Aboriginal Management and Professional Development program at Saskatchewan Housing; director of Aboriginal cultural heritage for the Museums Association of Saskatchewan; and instructor of Indigenous health studies and Indigenous studies at the First Nations University of Canada.

Canada Council appoints disability arts officer

The Canada Council for the Arts has appointed Elizabeth Sweeney, the former accessibility educator at the National Gallery of Canada, to lead the council's disability arts strategy. An artist, academic and educator, Sweeney assumed the position of Disability Arts Officer on May 25. Her term concludes on March 31, 2011.

"It is a great honour and a great responsibility to work with the council to ensure that Deaf artists and fellow artists with disabilities have not only greater access to funding, but also more opportunities to help define Canadian culture," she said.

One of Sweeney's first duties was to attend a focus group on disability arts for Aboriginal artists on May 26 in Winnipeg. Held in conjunction with the Manitoba Arts Council, the Canada Council-sponsored event explored the experiences of Aboriginal artists with disabilities. Artists also heard feedback on some of the Canada Council's disability arts initiatives, and examined access to the council's grants and services for artists with disabilities.

OAC appoints Culture Days Animator

Aubrey Reeves, the former Artistic Producer and Project Manager of spOtlight is OAC's new Culture Days Animator. She will work in partnership with the Ontario Culture Days Task Force and the national steering committee to develop tips and tools for building successful events, forge alliances between artists and municipalities, and advise presenters on how to develop activities and share resources for Culture Days.

Changes at the CPAF Secretariat

Robyn Jeffrey, Partnership and Networks Officer, will leave the Canada Council for the Arts this August. In her four years at the Council, Robyn has made a remarkable contribution to the Partnership and Networks Office, most notably as the heart of the CPAF secretariat. Following her departure, Robyn will focus full-time on her work as a poet and freelance writer. She will be missed by her colleagues at the Canada Council and CPAF, who wish her the best of luck in her new path.

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Multiarts-join the discussion!

The Canada Council Inter-Arts Office has established an email distribution group called "multiarts" in which participants exchange information on the themes identified at the June 2009 CPAF Professional Development Meeting on Multidisciplinary Arts.

An informal teleconference between CPAF-member managers and program officers responsible for multidisciplinary arts programs also took place in April 2010. The next conference call is scheduled for mid-September.

CPAF members who wish to join the email discussion group or the conference call are invited to contact Claude Schryer, Inter-Arts Office Coordinator at 1-800-263-5588 ext. 4204 or by email.

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Conferences & Events, 2010

ArtsSmarts eXchange 2010, Realizing the Potential of the Arts and Creativity in 21st Century Learning, Oct. 4-5, 2010, Sofitel, Montreal QC

Artists: Powering the Creative Economy? Canadian Conference of the Arts' National Policy Conference, Nov. 1-3, 2010, National Arts Centre, Ottawa ON

4th Annual Canadian Symposium on Arts and Learning: Shaping our Future Together, Dec. 2-4, 2010, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg MB

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Best practices in governance-board web portals

Note to readers: this article is the third in a series that features best practices in governance for arts councils. Thanks to the Canada Council for providing this content. Look for more governance articles in future issues of The CPAF Bulletin.

Globalization and increased regulatory scrutiny have quickened the pace of board work and highlighted the need for responsiveness. Through web portals-secure websites that can host documents and other materials-board members can access critical information instantly. As a result, these portals can significantly increase the efficiency of communication and reduce time-consuming administrative processes.

To ensure your board's web portal is a valuable tool:

  1. offer one-on-one training and invite follow-up questions,
  2. ensure content is new and relevant,
  3. alert board members to new posts by email, and
  4. implement a transition period during which hard copies are gradually replaced with electronic records.

Not all documents should be posted to your board web portal. Consider posting only:

  1. organizational information, such as organizational charts and news bulletins,
  2. policies, guidelines and procedures related to board members' duties,
  3. board and committee meeting agendas and minutes,
  4. press clippings and arts community news bulletins,
  5. members' and staff contact information,
  6. board members' speeches,
  7. website links, and
  8. calendars.

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FCCF to host special francophone artists' summit

In June 2011, the Fédération culturelle canadienne-française (FCCF) will host a two-and-a-half day forum at which participants will explore what it means to be an artist in francophone Canada. Specifically, attendees will consider the environments in which artists in minority-francophone communities practice their art, and attempt to define future initiatives that will enable these artists to prosper.

Although plans for the Ottawa-based conference are still being finalized, forum topics will include: the conditions of artistic practice in francophone and Acadian communities, artists' roles in their communities, and relations and links among minority francophone communities.

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Arts Council England announces cuts

Arts Council England (ACE) announced it will cut income to most regularly funded arts organizations by 0.5 per cent.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport cut ACE's budget for 2010-2011 by £23 million. To mitigate the effects of these cuts, the government gave ACE special dispensation to access £9 million of the council's historic reserves on a single-use basis. ACE officials say that, without that influx of cash, the council would have had to trim its funding offers by as much as three per cent.

"In-year cuts are always the most difficult to manage, because plans have already been made against an expected level of income," said ACE chair Dame Liz Forgan. "We have done our best to minimize the effect on our funded organizations."

ACE's budget for the next three years will be decided this fall.

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Research round-up

Report studies effects of hybrid careers on PEI artists

A report commissioned by the PEI Cultural Human Resources Sector Council concludes that, although many island artists must take second jobs to pay their living expenses, the effects of such hybrid careers are not all negative.

In Creative Adaptation: Hybrid Careers of Prince Edward Island Artists, authors Kelly Hill and Megan Williams suggest that many PEI artists who work more than one job must overcome challenges to schedule time, access resources and build creativity. The authors add, however, that not all artists suffer from these additional demands. Some improve their qualities of life by drawing on the health-care benefits from their second careers, while others seek out flexible second jobs that can accommodate or even complement their artistic schedules and performances.

Reports on arts and culture donations and volunteerism

Two reports recently issued by Hill Strategies Research provide insight into public donations to, and volunteerism in, Canada's arts and culture organizations.

Individual Donors to Arts and Culture Organizations in Canada in 2007 offers a snapshot of the public's giving habits. The authors found that more than 759,000 Canadians donated an average of nearly $132 each-for a total of more than $101 million-to arts and culture groups that year. This level of average annual donations was the fourth largest among all types of non-profit organizations.

The report also indicates that age and levels of education are the two criteria that most influence donations to arts and culture. People with university degrees are more likely to donate than the average Canadian, while Canadians between the ages of 45 and 64 also donate more than most.

Geographically, British Columbia recorded the highest proportion of donors. More than four per cent of that province's population donated to the arts and culture industries in 2007. Ontario (3.5 per cent), the Prairies (3 per cent), Quebec (2.9 per cent) and the Atlantic provinces (2.7 per cent) followed. The national average was 3.3 per cent.

Volunteers in Arts and Culture Organizations in Canada in 2007 shows the extent of Canadians' volunteerism in the arts and culture industries. That year, more than 700,000 Canadians volunteered a total of 73.5 million hours-or 105 hours annually per volunteer. Those figures are equivalent to approximately 38,000 full-time positions and represent a combined worth of nearly $1.1 billion.

Again, Canadians with university degrees volunteered more than other demographic groups. Saskatchewanians were most likely to volunteer, followed by Nova Scotians, Manitobans and New Brunswickers.

Many American adults participate in the arts via electronic media

A new report released by the National Endowment for the Arts shows that 118 million American adults-more than half the country's adult population-participated in the arts via electronic media in 2008.

Audience 2.0: How Technology Influences Arts Participation found that televisions, radios, CDs, DVDs and computers are the only avenues some segments of the population-the elderly, rural residents and minority groups in particular-can take to participate in concerts, plays and dance performances.

The report also found that increased participation through electronic media encourages participation at live events.

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Important Notices

Date Modified: 2011-03-02