CPAF Member Activities
- Manitoba Arts Council 2012-16 Strategic Plan Now Available
- Nova Scotia Supports Arts Sector with New Legislation
- New Executive Director of Nova Scotia Culture and Heritage Development
- New Educational Initiative Aims to Ignite Social Action by Connecting Canadian Students, Authors and Books
- New Arts Day Initiative in New Brunswick Brings Together Arts Community and Government
- Public meeting between CALQ and the Institut français on French culture and language in the digital universe
- Board Chair of Ontario Arts Council Reappointed
Other Arts Funding and Related News
- SODEC announces new program of aid for visual artists
- European Commission Plans to Launch World's Largest Cultural Funding Program
- Obama's 2013 Budget Calls for 5% Increase for Arts and Culture
- Kansas Plans to Resume State Funding of Arts Programs
- Australia Council for the Arts to Undergo Independent Review
- Cultural Data Project to Become an Independent Non-Profit
- ArtsSmarts Launches the 21st Century Youth Creativity Challenge
- Arts Council England and BBC Launch Online Arts Channel
- CBC Digital Music Service Launched
- Hot Docs Fires up New Crowd-Funding Service Docs Ignite
- CrowdCulture Website Mixes Crowdfunding With Public Money
Analysis and New Resources
- Best Practices in Governance: Board and Management Relations
- Alberta Foundation for the Art Releases Thinking About the Arts: Recommended Resources
- How Strong is Your Social Net? Survey Results from Arts Organizations Now Available
- Artscape's New Online Source for Creative Placemaking Tools and Resources
- Ins-and-Outs, Ups-and-Downs of Canadian Publishing House in 21st Century
- The Librarian of Canada Invites Citizens to Invest in the Digital Revolution
- Reflection: What is an Artist in Contemporary Society?
- Reflection: What is the Future of Arts Buildings?
CPAF Member Activities
Drawn from research and consultations with communities and stakeholders, there are five focus areas in the Manitoba Arts Council’s (MAC) 2012-16 Strategic Plan: playing an active role in partnerships and collaborations; making the most effective use of resources in grantmaking processes to arts organizations and individuals; and reviewing and revising program development. The focus areas and strategic directions are interconnected with Council goals, and inform the development of new policy, initiatives, and programs.
Legislation introduced on December 1, 2011, will establish Arts Nova Scotia and formalize the structure and mandate of the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council. The two pieces of legislation acts on commitments in the province's five-point plan to support the arts and culture sector.
Arts Nova Scotia is an independent body that will oversee provincial government funding that goes directly to artists and will be established in legislation. The province will appoint an interim board to carry out transition to Arts Nova Scotia early in 2012.
A second bill to formalize the structure and mandate of the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council underlines the importance of the sector-led group in advising the province and leading the development of a cultural strategy for Nova Scotia, as mandated by the five-point plan.
Arts Nova Scotia will administer $2.4 million in provincial grant funding that goes directly to artists.
The Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage (CCH) is pleased to announce that Marcel McKeough is the successful candidate for the position of Executive Director, Culture and Heritage Development. Marcel will lead this new team to continue the implementation of the five-point plan for arts and culture in Nova Scotia, amongst other responsibilities.
Marcel has spent many years working in the former Culture Division, and has experience working with the Public Service Commission. He was also a key leader in Nova Scotia's participation in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver (Atlantic Canada House and the Cultural Olympiad), and the 2011 Canada Winter Games.
New Educational Initiative Aims to Ignite Social Action by Connecting Canadian Students, Authors and Books
Through its Imagineaction program, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is partnering with the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCU), the Public Lending Right Commission (PLRC) and Indigo Books and Music to launch a project called Listen, I Read. This initiative http://www.plr-dpp.ca/plr/default.aspxwill bring Canadian students together with authors and books to encourage them to share their opinions and to use literature and video to become socially involved.
After choosing a Governor General’s Literary Award-winning book, teachers and students will read and analyze it, discuss it with the author, translator or illustrator, and then make a video illustrating the social action the book inspires.
The objectives of this initiative are to:
- Promote contemporary Canadian literature and reading;
- Combine new technology with the processes of creativity and learning;
- Make students aware of literacy issues;
- Use the arts to help youth find their voices as citizens.
The first Arts Day at the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly was held on December 8, 2011 in Fredericton. This new initiative brought forward by the Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick (AAAPNB), ArtsLink NB and the New Brunswick Arts Board (artsnb) was held to meet with the Conservative and the Liberal caucuses, which gathers all provincial Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).
The three partners reinforced the importance of having recognizing the work of artists, which could result in the adoption of a law on the Status of the artist with legal, social and fiscal components. They also learned more about the next steps with regards to the revision of the Cultural Policy for New Brunswick, adopted in 2002.
The Arts Day will be undertaken again next year with the artists, the cultural officers and organizations and the province’s elected officials.
Public meeting between CALQ and the Institut français on French culture and language in the digital universe
The CEO of the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec (CALQ), Yvan Gauthier, and the chairman of the Institut français, Xavier Darcos, took part in a public meeting on Thursday, February 2 on the topic of ensuring the presence of French language and culture in the digital world. This meeting, organized in partnership with the Délégation générale du Québec in Paris, took place during the Salon Expolangues in Paris.
Well aware that the challenges of entering the digital universe go beyond traditional borders and call for innovative forms of cooperation, the CALQ and the Institut français have decided to pool their reflections and research on changes that affect the arts and cultural sector in the accelerated development of new technologies. A second phase of exchanges on the digital world is planned during the World Forum on the French Language being held in Quebec City in July 2012.
Martha Durdin has been reappointed Chair of the Ontario Arts Council by the Government of Ontario until February 9, 2015. Martha was named to the Board of Directors of the OAC in 2004, appointed Chair in 2006 and first reappointed in 2009. During her tenure, OAC’s funding has increased by $20 million, bringing the Government of Ontario’s total investment in the Ontario Arts Council to over $60 million per year. Martha has also played a key role in the delivery of funding initiatives such as the Government of Ontario’s three-year Arts Investment Fund launched in 2010. In addition to the OAC board, she is a director with Business and the Arts in Canada, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, the Runnymede Health Centre and The Writers' Trust of Canada.
Other Arts Funding and Related News
On December 14, Quebec’s Minister of Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine Christine St-Pierre announced the launch of a new assistance program for visual artists at the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), with a budget of $225,000 for its inaugural year. Developed as a complement to the CALQ’s funding programs, this program for professional visual artists with at least three years of recognized professional practice is designed to respond to their specific needs in production and promotion. The pilot program is aimed at improving the conditions of studio practice and at stimulating the sale of works by supporting artists in the purchase of production equipment and marketing tools.
Link: http://www.sodec.gouv.qc.ca/fr/communique/lire/id/528 (en français)
The European Commission plans to launch the world's largest ever cultural funding programme, Creative Europe, with €1.8bn allocated for visual and performing arts, film, music, literature and architecture. The commission's project plans to release the money between 2014 and 2020. If the scheme is approved late 2012, an estimated 300,000 artists are due to receive funding.
President Obama’s proposed 2013 budget, released on February 13, 2012, calls for a 5% increase in spending for three cultural grantmaking agencies and three Washington, D.C., arts institutions.
Obama aims to boost outlays from $1.501 billion to $1.576 billion, encompassing the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities (NEA and NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Smithsonian Institution, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Gallery of Art.
The arts and humanities endowments each would get a 5.5% boost, to $154.255 million -- nearly restoring cuts announced in December. But if Congress approves the president’s proposal for the fiscal year that begins in October 2012, the NEA and NEH will still be well short of the $167.5 million each was set to receive before two separate rounds of cuts instigated by Congressional Republicans during 2011.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback plans to resume state funding of arts programs and merge the arts and film commissions to focus on job creation under the new state budget outlined January 12, 2012.
The proposal would establish a Creative Industries Commission within the Kansas Department of Commerce and provide $200,000 for both arts and film programs. This is the same subsidy Brownback offered for the Arts Commission last year, when he proposed eliminating the body and turning the administration of arts grants over to a private, non-profit foundation.
Legislators rejected last year's plan; Brownback responded by vetoing the commission's entire $689,000 budget, making Kansas the first state to eliminate funding for arts. That decision prompted the National Endowment for the Arts and a regional arts alliance to cut funds, costing the state an additional $1.3 million.
Arts Minister Simon Crean announced in December 2011 an independent review of the Australia Council for the Arts ahead of the development of the nation's first National Cultural Policy in almost 20 years.
Mr Crean said the Australia Council had a proud record of helping local artists develop their talent and connect with national and international audiences.
"The new National Cultural Policy will set the framework for Australian Government support for the arts, culture and the creative industries for the next decade," he said.
As the result of an assessment of the project’s corporate structure, Pew and the Cultural Data Project (CDP)’s other governing partners concluded that the CDP will best be able to serve its mission in the years to come as an independent nonprofit organization.
The new CDP aims to serve as a hub for partnerships with other entities that gather information about artists, commercial cultural organizations, and audience participation. It operates in 11 states and the District of Columbia. The project collects data from more than 12,000 arts and cultural organizations, with the financial support of more than 115 partners around the country.
Since 2005, the Cultural Data Project (CDP) has been operated by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Over the coming year, the CDP will be transitioning to an independent 501(c)(3) and moving to new offices in Philadelphia.
ArtsSmarts has launched a two-year pilot project 21st Century Youth Creativity Challenge, which will engage and enable Grades 6 to 12 students to become active creators of their own future.
They project will catalyze students to use the arts as a process of learning, follow a path of focused research, purposeful analysis, imaginative idea generation, creative expression and public exhibition of ideas and solutions, followed by deep critical reflection on the project process and products achieved.
A particular emphasis will be placed upon collaborative projects that explore issues of personal identity, social inclusion and community belonging - persistent themes deeply connected to the economic, social and cultural prosperity of our nation.
Arts Council England and the BBC have announced a partnership to create The Space – an experimental digital arts media service and commissioning program that could help to transform the way people connect with, and experience, arts and culture.
Arts Council England is investing £2.5 million of its strategic digital innovation funds which will be made available to arts and cultural organisations via a Lottery grant programme. The BBC have committed a £2 million support package including providing the technology solution and training and mentoring for successful applicants.
This new pop up service will launch in May, running until the end of October 2012. It will challenge artists, arts and cultural organisations to collaborate with each other and partners to capture and create a wealth of cultural experiences, drawing on the richness of the summer of arts in the Olympic year.
The programme is designed to encourage experimentation, innovation, and provide an opportunity to learn more about how to connect audiences with arts and culture using digital technologies. The service will use technology across four digital media platforms: PC, mobile devices, tablets and connected TV.
CBC is diving into the world of online music with the goal of providing listeners access to their favourite tunes, and a way to discover new artists and connect with fellow music fans.
The free digital service CBC Music, which launched in mid-February, offers access to 40 web radio stations, a vast array of music and blog posts by CBC personalities through a website and via mobile apps.
In February 2012, Hot Docs, the group that runs North America’s biggest documentary festival, announced the launch of Docs Ignite, the new online crowd-funding service that will assist independent Canadian documentary filmmakers in building audiences and raising capital and support for projects in development. Hot Docs hopes to focus the crowd-funding process on a few key Canadian filmmakers and leverage Hot Docs’s own relationships with audiences and supporters to raise money.
New European Crowdfunding Initiative Mixes Private With Public Money to Leverage Municipal Cultural Spending
CrowdCulture, is a new initiative hosted by the City of Stockholm, Sweden, launched in April 2011. It looks to bring a new way of creating culture: mixing private money with public money in a hybridized economy to fund art and cultural works.
Citizens can directly put money towards existing culture projects, or put money behind an idea to help make it reality. Individuals and groups can showcase their own cultural project to help get it funded. Through citizen investments of SEK 50, the city's public cultural spending is leveraged: the city will then double all the private money in the fund, resulting in a multiplier effect which makes it different from regular micro donations.
The projects differ greatly in their content and plans, and include dance, theater and puppetry, among others. During CrowdCulture’s three month beta period nearly 500 people participated across 28 projects, of which six were fully funded.
An interview with CrowdCulture founder Max Valentin on best practices and advice for other countries seeking to develop similar models can be found here.
- Video : http://vimeo.com/28986631
Analysis and New Resources
Note to readers: this article is the eighth 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.
The quality of the working relationship and mutual support between a board and management is essential to the success of an organization. Generally speaking, the board’s role is one of oversight and governance, whereas management is in charge of the day-to-day operations, but these lines tend to blur easily. Add to that human nature and varying personalities, and tensions can mount. The following are not explicit guidelines, but rather considerations intended to help in enhancing relations between the board and management.
There are two key elements to a strong board/management relationship:
- Trust: Trust is the fundamental quality of a successful, productive and sustainable relationship. Without trust between the board and staff, an organization’s ability to serve its stakeholders suffers.
- Communications: Clear and consistent communications between the board and management, and among board members is critical to ensure that everyone has the necessary information to do their jobs effectively.
The following are practices intended to strengthen the relationship between the board of an organization and management.
- Ensure clear descriptions of roles
- Ensure diversity and expertise on the board
- Ensure proper orientation and ongoing training of board members
- Develop the board meeting agenda together
- Expose the board to management
- Address tensions early on
To obtain a full copy of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Best Practices in Governance, email Melanie Yugo, CPAF Partnership and Networks Officer.
The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) has released Thinking About the Arts: Recommended Resources, a bibliography collecting a listing of starting points for dialogue, strategic thinking, and capacity building around the arts in organizations and communities in Alberta. Most of the resources listed have been published within the last five years by arts communities in Alberta, Canada and other English speaking regions.
Thinking About the Arts: Recommended Resources is intended to be a dynamic, living document. If there is a resource that you would like to see added to this list, please forward suggestions to the Alberta Foundation for the Arts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The final results of Trudel | MacPherson's 2011 national survey, How Strong Is Your Social Net? are now available. The findings record a snapshot of the arts field's use of digital and social media, including perceptions of the results these tools have delivered thus far. The report also takes a look at some of the biggest trends for digital and social media in the upcoming year. This report marks the first step toward an ongoing data collection effort on digital and social media in arts organizations.
An new initiative of Artscape, Artscape DIY is a free online resource for information and inspiration to support creative placemaking in your community. The site features extensive case studies, tools and resources, including easy-to-use downloadable templates and examples, informational videos, guides and articles designed to help users through the business of developing sustainable, affordable space for culture and creativity.
What does it mean to be a publishing house in this day and age? Why are publishers even necessary when a book can be produced independently - a file uploaded to Amazon and downloaded on a Kindle, no middleman required?
Over the next 12 months, the National Post will chronicle the ups-and-downs, ins-and-outs, and day-to-day dealings of House of Anansi Press and its sister publisher, Groundwood Books - the stories behind a company devoted to storytellers - offering an in-depth look at what goes on inside a Canadian publishing house, and what it takes for a 20th-century model to survive in the 21st century.
By ‘collapsing the writing system’, reshaping social interactions, and modifying our relationship with memory, time, power or censorship, the ongoing digital revolution is challenging the democratic framework of our societies, says the Librarian and Archivist of Canada, Dr. Daniel J. Caron. And instead of resisting this, as we do all too often these days, the time has come to find our place within these transformations, he says, in order to avoid being swept away by them.
In a first of a series of web columns by Sarah Thornton, author of Seven Days in the Art World and chief writer on contemporary art for The Economist, looks at the fundamental question: “What is an artist?"
Thornton argues that contemporary artists are ideas people who aspire to originality and make works that they hope will be seen in a museum. People that society treats as artists are professional thought-provokers who earn the right to be taken seriously through (a) insistent artworks, (b) convincing interpersonal and mediated communication and (c) opportune art-world affiliations.
How can future arts venues retain the versatility to support their artistic work without falling prey to becoming a conference centre? With recent funding cuts, cultural venues are already having to make this shift. However, there is also promise and hope about the way in which future buildings will function to allow young people to see them as a place to visit. There is a need for venues to become social meeting points, offering what young people have come to expect from a space: free Wi-Fi and free Fair Trade coffee in a relaxed and friendly environment. The idea being that if young people meet socially in the venue, they might be encouraged to see its artistic work, too.
- Networking Opportunity in Auditoria Magazine http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/3f12d3a9#/3f12d3a9/45