Investment of $165,150 to support arts and culture workforce strategy
03 July 2014 - FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government is investing $165,150 over two years to support Phase 1 of the implementation of an arts and culture workforce development strategy.
“Our focus is on people, skills and jobs and we will ensure that this important sector, with enormous potential, thrives and flourishes,” said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Jody Carr. “Our province is known for its unique and rich cultural history, which is why our government is pleased to support the arts and culture sector to ensure that our identity continues to live on for future generations to discover through things like fine art, literature and music.”
In 2012, L'Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick (the Association of Acadian professional artists of New Brunswick) was tasked with leading and co-ordinating the development of a provincial workforce development strategy for the arts and culture sector.
“We were proud to work with cultural stakeholders and sector professionals on the development of Creative Futures: a renewed Cultural Policy for New Brunswick,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Trevor Holder. “This strategy will help support those who make their living in the industry, as together we work toward the goal of a vibrant and productive cultural sector.”
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Government hopes $20 Vale Cultura voucher will encourage poorest Brazilians to sample wider range of cultural pursuits.
Andrew Downie for the Washington Post, Guardian Weekly, 21 February 2014
Like millions of other Sao Paulo residents, Telma Rodrigues spends a large part of her day going to and from work. She hates the commute, and not just because public transport is packed, slow and inefficient. She finds it boring.
Now there is light at the end of the tunnel. As of last month, the Brazilian government is giving people such as Rodrigues a "cultural coupon" worth $20 a month - enough, the 26-year-old said, to buy a book to enliven her daily ride. The money, loaded on a magnetic card, is designated for purposes broadly termed cultural - though that could include dance lessons and visits to the circus in addition to books and movie tickets. In a country still battling high levels of poverty, the initiative has won widespread praise as a worthy and yet relatively cheap project. But it has still provoked questions. Is it the state's job to fund culture? How will poor Brazilians use the money? How do you, or even should you, convince people their money will be better spent on Jules Verne rather than Justin Bieber?
"What we'd really like is that they try new things," culture minister Marta Suplicy said in a telephone interview. "We want people to go to the theatre they wanted to go to, to the museum they wanted to go to, to buy the book they wanted to read."
Narrative Tool Kit: Tools to start a New Conversation with Canadians about the Sector
We are Imagine Canada – the umbrella organization for Canada’s charities and nonprofits. We’re working, in partnership with others, to start a New Narrative – a conversation with Canadians about our ’sector’ – who we are, what we do and how we are making a difference.
If you work or volunteer for a charity or nonprofit, you may find some of our Issue Sheets helpful in explaining to others why it’s important that we have a strong voice in public policy and why an organization’s ‘overhead’ is not always the best measure of its success. For more details, including a comprehensive look at the sector’s size, breadth and impact, read the Core Resource. Feel free to share and use any of this information if it is helpful in your own work. We’ll be updating and adding elements to the Narrative Tool Kit all the time so plan to come back and visit often.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 – The Canadian Arts Coalition (CAC) – a united national movement of artists, cultural workers, business leaders and volunteers – applauds the Government of Canada for renewing key programs at the Department of Canadian Heritage in Budget 2014. These programs include the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, the Canada Cultural Investment Fund, and Cultural Spaces Canada. The Canada Book Fund and the Canada Music Fund have also been renewed. “We are pleased to see that the Government has delivered on one of our key recommendations. Minister Glover should be commended for her work to make this recommendation a reality in a timely fashion.” commented CAC spokesperson Kate Cornell of the Canadian Dance Assembly.
Adam Huttler answers
Adam Huttler is the founder and Executive Director of Fractured Atlas a non-profit that helps independent artists and small arts groups build sustainable careers and organizations.
"Through culture we experience meaning, purpose, and identity…”What makes humans special? How are we different from every other species that has evolved on this planet over the past 3.5 billion years?
Two factors set us apart and form the foundation of humanity’s ascendance:
(1) We create technology to fulfill our utilitarian needs.
(2) We propagate culture to nourish our souls and bind us together.
Without these twin pillars, we’d still be hunting and gathering, no one would own an umbrella much less an iPhone, and Ringo Starr would just be Richard Starkey. But culture is greater than technology, because it is a prerequisite for everything else we’ve accomplished.
Shared culture helps us establish trust with strangers, pass knowledge and ideas to future generations, and ultimately transcend our biological imperatives. Through culture we experience meaning, purpose, and identity beyond our own physical selves.
Telling and reinterpreting stories, creating beauty for the sake of beauty – these are quintessentially human activities. Indeed, the arts are culture’s greatest expression and most powerful engine, and as humans we are drawn to them instinctively.
We write fan fiction and we listen to opera. We go clubbing and we teach our children Shakespeare. We do these things because our highest yearning is to define, to express, to reinforce our own humanity, and the arts empower us to do that like nothing else.
21 NOV 2013 - The Canadian Arts Coalition is pleased to release its first analysis of the federal budget from the perspective of the cultural sector.
The main issues animating the analysis are four-fold. First, while there is no further bad news for the sector in Budget 2013, with the exception of a change to program eligibility, arts and culture were scarcely mentioned in the budget. Second, while the government is intent on returning to fiscal balance, funding reductions to some areas of government activity are being used to underwrite the cost of new programs and initiatives. Third, the significant spending cuts in Budget 2012 are still being rolled out and funding levels for some organizations such as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation are dropping significantly. Fourth, accessing clear information regarding the budget has been a challenge and there continues to be considerable uncertainty as to how the remainder of the Budget 2012 cuts will be implemented.
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