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CPAF Member Activities
- Canadian Public Arts Funders (CPAF) meet to discuss future directions in public arts funding
- Alberta Foundation for the Arts Approves 2011-14 Strategic Plan
- Forum @LON
- Ontario Arts Council Board Appoints New Director and CEO
- Update on Arts Nova Scotia Transition Committee
- Canada Council 2010-11 Annual Report Released
- Expanding the Arts: Deaf and Disability Arts, Access and Equality Strategy
Other Arts Funding and Related News
- The Cinémathèque québécoise and the Daniel Langlois Foundation arrange to ensure the conservation and accessibility of the Foundation’s collection
- Calgary Arts Champions Congress 2011 Summary Report
- 5th World Summit on Arts and Culture
- Arts Council England outlines plan for investing in strategic funding
- Senate Subcommittee Draft Proposes Level NEA/NEH Funding
- Update on Kansas State Arts Agency
- Duke Foundation creates United States' biggest artist-grant program
- Development of a new National Cultural Policy in Australia
- Swiss Cultural Policy Takes a New Direction
- Ireland Arts Minister looks to businesses to help support the arts
- Ottawa looks at rewriting rules on charitable giving
- Reintroduction of Copyright Bill (Bill C-11)
Analysis and New Resources
- Ontario Arts Engagement Study
- Getting In On the Act: How Arts Groups are Creating Opportunities for Active Participation
- Funding to artists and arts organizations 2010-11: National Overview, Provincial and Territorial Profiles
- Culture 3.0: Impact of emerging digital technologies on human resources in the cultural sector
- Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change: Rethinking Foundation Grantmaking Practices
- NFB Inuit films move online and into northern communities
- Press, Pause Play: A Film About Fear, Hope and Digital Culture
Representatives of arts councils and equivalent public arts funders from across Canada met in Whitehorse, Yukon, November 16-18, 2011, on the occasion of the Canadian Public Arts Funders (CPAF) Annual General Meeting. The Executive Directors, senior staff and Chairs of CPAF discussed the impact of rapidly shifting social, technological, demographic, cultural, political, and economic environments on public arts funders, artists, arts organizations, citizens and the public. Furthermore, they explored a vision for a revitalized role of public arts funders, and strategies for ensuring that their public investment in the arts is as effective as possible in a time of fiscal restraint.
The CPAF members acknowledged the contribution of keynote speaker Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, and guest speakers Stephen Huddart, President and Chief Executive Officer, J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, and Cynthia White-Thornley, Director General, Arts Policy Branch, Department of Canadian Heritage.
The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) has approved their 2011-14 Strategic Plan, featuring an enhanced focus on three core areas of operations. The 2011-14 Strategic Plan is closely tied to The Spirit of Alberta, Alberta’s cultural policy.The 2011-14 Strategic Plan focuses on: providing Albertans with resources and opportunities to develop, appreciate and participate in the arts; strengthening Albertans’ value of the arts as an expression of their culture; and, ensuring the AFA art collection is well known to Albertans and allows access to Albertans across the province.
On September 28 and 29, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec (CALQ) held Forum @LON – Digital Option, which brought together artists, writers, managers, partners and government representatives involved in the cultural industries and the digital arts. The forum aimed to build on the results of disciplinary consultations and forums to build consensus on action scenarios for the creation, production, promotion / marketing and distribution. A report summarizing the results of all steps taken for Projet @LON and CALQ’s recommendations will be given to the minister responsible at the end of October 2011.
Links (in French):
- http://www.calq.gouv.qc.ca/alon/documentation.htm#orientation (action scenarios for the development of Quebec culture in a digital age)
- www.ustream.tv / channel / forum-arts-and-letters-option-digital-alon (webcast of the Forum Arts and Letters - digital option (@LON)
Martha Durdin, Chair of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) announced the appointment of Peter Caldwell as Director and CEO of the Ontario Arts Council. He succeeds John Brotman who is retiring after ten years at the council's helm.
Peter Caldwell has spent his entire career in the arts. He was Vice President, Finance & Administration at OCAD University (formerly Ontario College of Art & Design) from 1994 to April 2011. He was Executive Director of the Arts Foundation of Greater Toronto (1985-1994), where he was responsible for the programming, marketing and financial management of all activities including ArtsWeek and the Toronto Arts Awards. Prior to that, he was Program Director at Toronto Theatre Alliance (1981-83), Theatre Consultant at the Ontario Ministry of Culture and Recreation (1980-81), and Coordinator of Training Programs at Theatre Ontario (1977-80). Caldwell’s volunteer work includes the Boards of Directors of the Laidlaw Foundation, Toronto Artscape Inc., Design Exchange, Performing Arts Development Fund of Toronto and Platform 9 Theatre. He has served on the major grants review panel for the City of Toronto’s Cultural Affairs Division. Peter has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at University of Western Ontario. As an undergraduate at Stetson University in Deland, Florida, he majored in French and minored in Spanish. He will join OAC on February 6, 2012.
The Arts Nova Scotia Transition Committee has been meeting regularly since June 2011 to establish terms of reference that will constitute the operational nature of the new Arts Nova Scotia. The committee advises that a report and recommendations for the Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage will be forthcoming within a matter of weeks. The creation of Arts Nova Scotia is part of a five-point plan to strengthen the arts and culture sector announced by the province in February. The plan was based on extensive consultations with the public and members of the sector carried out in fall 2010.
The Canada Council for the Arts provided funding in grants and payments last year to over 21,000 artists and arts organizations in over 2,000 communities, connecting them to Canadians in all parts of the country. The details are highlighted in the Council’s 2010-11 Annual Report along with data on how the funding was distributed, detailed profiles of Canada Council funding by province or territory, the searchable grants listing and the list of peer assessment committee members.
- 2010-11 Annual Report
The Canada Council is developing a comprehensive strategy in consultation with the Deaf and disability arts community. An executive summary entitled Expanding the Arts: Deaf and Disability Arts, Access and Equality Strategy is now online. It provides definitions, background The full strategy will be launched in December, 2011.
Other Arts Funding and Related News
The Cinémathèque québécoise and the Daniel Langlois Foundation arrange to ensure the conservation and accessibility of the Foundation’s collection
The Cinémathèque québécoise and the Daniel Langlois Foundation are pleased to announce a historic collaboration whereby the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology is donating its collection to the Cinémathèque, which will conserve it and make it accessible to the public. The database of the collection, to be known as the Daniel Langlois Foundation Collection of the Cinémathèque québécoise, will be available online on the Cinémathèque’s website so as to be readily accessible to students, researchers and the general public.
The first annual Arts Champions Congress was held on September 29, 2011 in Calgary. Organized by Calgary Arts Development, the Congress attracted over 300 artists, arts administrators, board members, volunteers, corporate supporters, elected officials and public funders. Four key areas of action for the arts sector were identified: (1) convene; (2) advocate; (3) collaborate; and (4) innovate. Summaries of sessions are available on the Congress website.
Held on October 3-6, 2011, in Melbourne, Australia, the 5th World Summit was jointly hosted by the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) and the Australia Council for the Arts, with presenting partner Arts Victoria. The World Summit attracted over 500 delegates from 70 countries, with over half of IFACCA’s national members represented at the event. 84 speakers from every continent covered a wide range of topics on the theme of Creative Intersections. Many of the speakers’ presentations, including that of the Summit Rapporteur, Prof Brad Haseman, are on the Summit website. The report on the research commissioned for, and distributed to all delegates prior to, the 5th World Summit (D'Art report 41: Creative Partnerships: Intersections between the arts, culture and other sectors) generated considerable discussion and interest.
In early November, Arts Council England (ACE) published details of how it was going to spend £440m of lottery money between 2012 and 2015.
ACE announced it will invest most of it into strategic funding programmes between 2012-15, including:
- A £180m capital fund;
- A £45m touring programme designed "so more people across England experience and are inspired by the arts";
- The previously announced £50m Catalyst Arts fund to help arts organisations attract more private and philanthropic money;
- A £7.5m audience focus fund; and
- £4.5m to extend the Artsmark scheme to museums and galleries.
It expected to invest from £500,000 to £5m on individual projects. The theme, said Alan Davey,Chief Executive of ACE, was "renewal and resilience" and ACE believes it needs to help existing organizations become stronger rather than starting from scratch. ACE also published a document called The Arts Council Plan 2011-15 in which it set out its overall goals and priorities. The key figure in the report is the 50% cut in administration costs ordered by the government. ACE argues that it has already made substantial savings – staff numbers have gone from 622 in 2008-09 to 491 in 2010-11 – and points out that it is taking on additional responsibilities for areas including museums and libraries. However, Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, as things stand, says the council needs to become a much smaller organisation by 2013.
The U.S. Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee has proposed level funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) at $155 million for fiscal year (FY) 2012. Americans for the Arts provided testimony to the subcommittee earlier this year calling for NEA funding at $167.5 million. This draft appropriations bill is not expected to be considered by the subcommittee as time is running out for Congress to complete FY12 appropriations work. No timeline has been established for this reconciliation process, though with the Continuing Resolution set to expire on November 18, the appropriations process should be moving forward soon.
During its October 5 meeting in Topeka, the Joint Committee on Arts and Cultural Resources of the Kansas Legislature gathered information on funding for the arts in Kansas and the role of government in attaining the state's cultural goals. The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) was asked to address the status of public and private funding for the arts across the nation and to speak to the role of government in promoting the arts. Governor Sam Brownback vetoed the commission's entire budget in May, making Kansas the only state in the United States to eliminate its arts funding. Kansas has been told by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) that it's not eligible for federal funds, prompting the state Arts Commission's chairwoman to declare that the group will move forward with a "truly Kansas" plan for supporting arts programs with private money.
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the $1.6-billion New York City-based foundation recently announced this week that it’s committing $50 million over the next 10 years to a special Performing Artists Initiative that will provide up to $27.5 million to 100 well-established “leading artists” and up to $8 million for 100 emerging figures.The balance, about $14.5 million, will go to administer the program and to fund an initiative in which individual artists will pair with dance companies, theater companies and performing arts presenters for four months of residencies spread over two or three years. At least 50 residency awards of $75,000 or $150,000 will be made, starting in 2013.
A discussion paper recently released by the Australian Minister for the Arts, the Honourable Simon Crean, outlines where Australia is now in terms of a national cultural policy (NCP) by considering questions such as 'Do current policies reflect and support the profile of modern Australia?' and 'How many Australians and which parts of the community participate in the arts?' whilst also highlighting associated reviews being conducted in parallel with the NCP development. Four possible goals of the NCP are put forward in the discussion paper and in broad terms these are:
- Ensure the Government supports initiatives that reflect the diversity of Australia today and support and protect Indigenous culture.
- Encourage the use of new technologies.
- Support excellence and strengthen the role of arts in the telling of Australian stories.
- Enhance the economic and social contribution of arts to the economy.
Swiss cultural policy has received a boost, with parliament approving a four-year culture budget worth SFr669.5 million ($742 million) earlier this fall. The plan is SFr31.6 million more than the budget proposed by the cabinet and will see significant increases in funding for cinema and the protection of heritage and monuments in particular. In addition to agreeing to increase financing for cinema and the protection of cultural heritage and monuments by a total SFr30 million, parliament also threw its weight behind smaller, local projects.
Companies will have to be more involved in the arts to make up for the absence of Government funding in Ireland, Minister for the Arts Jimmy Deenihan has said. The arts budget was to be cut over the next four years by 15 per cent and funding would have to be made up elsewhere. Mr Deenihan has commissioned a report, chaired by Ulster Bank Ireland’s head of business and commercial banking John McGrane, to look at how business and philanthropy can fund the arts. The bank sponsors the Dublin Theatre Festival.
The Canadian federal government is conducting a review of the way it finances charities and non-profit organizations, pledging a new era of accountability in which businesses and citizens shoulder more of the cost of giving. Policies being considered include new tax rules to allow charities and non-profits to raise money through side businesses, and boosting personal tax credits for charitable giving. The first step will be changes to traditional grants. Concerns have been expressed that, unless the criteria for charities are tightened, corporations like oil and tobacco companies could end up with more generous tax breaks for contributing to think tanks that support their messages. Boosting the credit for charitable giving raises questions about how much government revenue might be lost, and elected officials could lose their say over what services government supports through tax cuts.
On September 29th, Minister of Canadian Heritage James Moore and Minister of Industry Christian Paradis announced the reintroduction of the Government of Canada's Copyright Modernization Act under the new designation of Bill C-11. The bill remains unchanged from its earlier form, Bill C-32. Minister Moore has indicated he hopes the bill could clear the House of Commons by Christmas.
Analysis and New Resources
In October, OAC released the findings of its commissioned report, the Ontario Arts Engagement Study, by research firm WolfBrown. These findings reveal significant implications for arts organizations seeking to build audience development and engagement. The study looks at the full spectrum of arts activities from traditional audience-based activities (such as attending performing arts events or visiting an art gallery) to personal practice activities (such as playing a musical instrument, painting, or taking dance lessons) and includes arts participation via electronic, print and digital media (such as radio, television or the Internet).
Getting In On the Act: How Arts Groups are Creating Opportunities for Active Participation is a new study commissioned by The James Irvine Foundation and conducted by WolfBrown. It draws insights from more than 100 nonprofit arts groups and other experts in the U.S., U.K. and Australia. Arts participation is being redefined as people increasingly choose to engage with art in new, more active and expressive ways. With growing frequency, artists and arts organizations are integrating active arts practices into their work, often through collaborations and partnerships. The report presents a new model for understanding levels of arts engagement as well as case studies of participatory arts in practice. It also addresses many of the concerns that arts organizations may have in supporting participatory arts practices and provides inspiration and ideas for exploring this growing trend.
In November 2011, t he Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) released Culture 3.0: a study on the impact of emerging digital technologies on human resources in the cultural sector. The study identifies and analyses the impact of emerging digital technologies on human resources from the perspectives of both employers and workers across the cultural sector. Conducted by the Nordicity Group, through a highly consultative process, it covers the impact of digital technologies on the whole creative chain from creation to production to dissemination to preservation.
Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change from the Washington-based National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, outlines compelling demographic, aesthetic and economic reasons for foundations to rethink their grantmaking practices to stay current with changes in the cultural sector and to continue to be relevant to the evolving needs of our communities. The report shows foundation giving has fallen out of balance with the nation's increasingly diverse demographics. A large portion of funding goes to more traditional institutions such as major museums, operas and symphonies. But recent surveys show attendance at those institutions is declining, while more people are interested in community-based arts groups.
Films about Inuit people and the North made over the last 70 years are being distributed online and in remote communities in a new initiative launched in early November. Unikkausivut: Sharing Our Stories will make more than 100 films created by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) more accessible to the rest of the country in an effort to interest Canadians in the issues faced by the North. The NFB, the Inuit Relations Secretariat, the Nunavut government and Inuit groups are also collaborating to show these films in the North. The limited internet access in northern communities means it was necessary to go beyond just creating online access, according to Tom Perlmutter, NFB chairman.
The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent of people in an unprecedented way, unleashing unlimited creative opportunities. But does democratized culture mean better art, film, music and literature or is true talent instead flooded and drowned in the vast digital ocean of mass culture? Is it cultural democracy or mediocrity? This is the question addressed by PressPausePlay, a documentary film containing interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era. The film was shot globally between August 2009 – January 2011, covering more than 150 hours of interview footage with international creatives and thinkers - representing the state of digitized culture today.