Canadian Public Arts Funders (CPAF) meet to discuss innovation for a new era in the arts

Quebec City, November 22, 2012 – Representatives of arts councils and equivalent public arts funders from across Canada met in Quebec City, Quebec, November 14-16, 2012, on the occasion of the Canadian Public Arts Funders (CPAF) Annual General Meeting.

The Executive Directors, senior staff and Chairs of CPAF discussed ways to be proactive in a time of major change for artists and audiences, practitioners and the general public. They explored strategies for adapting public funding for the arts in order to support innovation in the arts community.

“Gathering together a group of people who share a common mission to support artists and the work that artists do in the community allows us to learn from each other and achieve a greater impact than if we work alone,” said Jeffrey Anderson, Executive Director of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Chair of the CPAF Steering Committee. “Our discussions lead us to innovative approaches such as funder collaborations, policy research in new areas, and strategies to improve the delivery of programs and services to ensure that we respond to the rapid pace of societal change.”

The CPAF members acknowledged the contribution of keynote speaker and facilitator Richard Evans, President of New York City-based EmcArts. Mr. Evans spoke about innovation, adaptive organizational change, and effective ways that the arts and culture field can respond to the demands of a new era for the sector.

CPAF was pleased to welcome guests Robert Hunter, Acting Director General of the Arts Policy Branch, Department of Canadian Heritage, and Julie Lemieux, municipal councillor and member of the City of Quebec's executive committee.

With a combined budget of approximately $430 million dollars, CPAF aims to foster and support the arts in Canada through cooperation and collaboration of the federal, provincial and territorial arts councils and equivalent public arts funders by increasing networking and partnership opportunities, sharing information and best practices, and commissioning research. Active since 2005, there is a CPAF member organization in each province and territory in Canada. The federal member of the network is the Canada Council for the Arts.

For more information about CPAF and its mission, members, and activities, visit

The next CPAF Annual General Meeting will take place in November 2013 in Alberta.

The 14 CPAF member organizations are:

  • Alberta Foundation for the Arts
  • British Columbia Arts Council
  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
  • Government of Yukon, Department of Tourism and Culture, Cultural Services Branch (Yukon Arts Advisory Council)
  • Government of Nunavut, Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth
  • Government of the Northwest Territories, Department of Education, Culture and Employment (Northwest Territories Arts Council)
  • Manitoba Arts Council
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council
  • New Brunswick Arts Board
  • Government of Nova Scotia, Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, and Arts Nova Scotia
  • Ontario Arts Council
  • Prince Edward Island Council of the Arts
  • Saskatchewan Arts Board

Media Contact:

Jeffrey Anderson
Executive Director, Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Chair, Steering Committee, Canadian Public Arts Funders
Tel: (780) 415-0283

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Date Modified: 2012-11-26