We're RTRACTION, and we love the arts.That's why we're giving away $25,000 worth of design, strategy, and/or communication services to one deserving arts organization.
WHO CAN APPLY? YOU... if you are an individual or part of an organization working in any aspects of arts or culture, and you're in Canada.
HOW DOES IT WORK? Your application, along with the others we receive, will be judged by our team along with a panel of notables from the visual, performing and literary arts world.
WHAT ARE THE TIMELINES? Apply by September 30, 2014. Judging will be completed by October 31. Applicants, including the winner, will be notified by November 7. And then we'll start the project, whatever that turns out to be.
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.”
April 22, 2014
Banff, AB –The Banff Centre Board of Directors has announced its reaffirmation of the 2013 Strategic Plan and that it is being fully implemented and represents an exciting direction and new opportunities. This plan was prepared in conjunction with the Board by the President and his team. It represents many changes for the Centre as it embarks on a bold vision, designed to create a great place for sharing art and ideas with the world.
The Board recently announced the resignation of its President Jeff Melanson. Board Chair Brenda Mackie notes, “The Board is disappointed to see Jeff leave but understands the personal matters driving Jeff’s decision and acknowledges that his tenure has set an exciting direction for the Centre.”
Jeff will work with a team to create a transition program over the next number of months along with focusing on donor relations and to onboard the newly appointed Vice President of The Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute.
The Board will issue a Request For Proposal to secure an executive search firm that will be mandated to conduct a comprehensive and transparent process in recruiting the next President of the Centre. A Board committee has been struck and will guide this process.
The Banff Centre’s Strategic plan includes five institutional priorities:
1. Securing funding to enable tuition-free access for participants of arts residencies and programs;
2. Re-imagining leadership development offerings as The Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute;
3. Increasing general access to the art and ideas created in Banff through a digital and events-based dissemination strategy;
4. Renewing the campus, including working with our partners to create public presentation and education facilities in downtown Banff; and,
5. Advancing our contribution to applied research with our Campus Alberta partners and additional partners including BIRS, CIFAR, and others.
“We are delighted to be moving forward with all of these priority initiatives with our talented team of artistic and management/administrative staff members,” concluded Mackie.
The future is very exciting. Board and staff members are unified in our bold vision. Dedicated to sharing the art and ideas created at The Banff Centre, we are all still dreaming big, and working on behalf of, and with, artists, researchers and leaders to make the impossible possible.
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.
The Leader-Post June 27, 2013
Saskatchewan’s new creative industries program was officially proclaimed Thursday and its first board members were named.
Creative Saskatchewan will operate as an agent of the Crown and act to support creative industries such as music and sound recording, film and television production, visual arts and crafts, live theatre and publishing with marketing and financing.
The new agency was announced in February and will stand as the replacement for the former Film Employment Tax Credit which was discontinued by the Saskatchewan Party government in the 2012 provincial budget.
The new agency has come under some criticism for the fact that it could double up on work already being done by the Saskatchewan Arts Board and that it leaves the film and television industry fighting for available grants with other creative sectors rather than having its own program as most other provinces and states in North America have.
The first six board members of Creative Saskatchewan have been appointed and they will be led by chairman Mike MacNaughton (Regina). The other board members are Jocelyne Wasacase-Merasty (Meadow Lake), Cory Furman (Regina), Valerie Creighton (Stoughton), Rick Peddle (Saskatoon) and Jocelyne Kost (Saskatoon).
Canada Council for the Arts
Explore these web pages for information on the many ways the Canada Council can help you bring your art work to the national and international marketplace. The Council is offering a growing suite of initiatives to make Canadian art more visible and competitive in the global marketplace.
The following hyperlinks will get you to more information about Council’s activity in this area:
The Globe and Mail, May 23, 2013 by ERIN MILLAR
Ten years ago, urban theorist Richard Florida popularized the idea that creative people are linked to economic growth in his book The Rise of the Creative Class. As his theory goes, cities with high concentrations of creatives – designers, musicians, tech workers, artists, and so on – tend to experience higher levels of economic development. But it’s not necessarily the creatives themselves who drive growth, per se; to those who accept Dr. Florida’s ideas (and he has had considerable influence on some city planners), the creative class is seen as having an indirect impact by fostering an exciting, dynamic and open culture that lends itself to innovation.
Doug Richard takes this line of reasoning a (big) step further. The former Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor-turned-adviser to the British government argues that creative types are not nonbusiness-minded layabouts who contribute to the economy only passively by making a city cool but are key figures who have the potential to push stagnant economies back into growth. If we knew what was good for us, he says, we’d support creative industries with the same enthusiasm we do science and technology.
“There is this preoccupation with technology, but we don’t do ourselves any favours when we try to build Silicon Valleys all around the world,” Mr. Richard said. “At what point do we run out of the desire to consume creativity? Never. We will never want less music or great television programming.”
The presence of vibrant creative industries in Britain was one reason that Mr. Richard relocated there in 2001 after a career in California that included founding and selling two technology startups. “London is home to some of the best design and art schools in the world. They produce so much talent, but no one was tapping that.”
He now advises the British government on innovation, mentors entrepreneurs through his educational initiatives and is an active angel investor. But his main goal these days is changing perceptions of creative industries; he believes business leaders and governments need to recognize the value of a sector that he says accounts for about $1.6 of every $15.6 that Britain exports. He calculates British creative industries generate about $108,890 every minute. Read more
How can we make the most of culture for economic growth, environmental sustainability, and social inclusion ? How can we place culture, innovation, and creativity at the heart of public policy ? From 15 to 17 May, UNESCO’s "Hangzhou International Congress" in China will set the stage for a landmark global debate on integrating culture in the conception, measurement, and practice of sustainable development. The Congress seeks to inspire governments, civil society, businesses and communities to harness the power of culture in addressing the world’s most pressing developmental challenges. Read More
Arts Journal Blog April 30, 2013 by Diane Ragsdale
A couple weeks ago, one of my favorite arts bloggers, Andrew Taylor (a/k/a The Artful Manager) wrote a post whose title conveys a pretty strong thesis: Organizations don’t evolve; they cope. While I share Andrew’s skepticism of the field’s use of natural world metaphors (ecosystem, ecology, evolve, adapt, sustainability, etc.) it’s not because I think the metaphors don’t apply (within limits); it’s because I think we sometimes misapply them. Andrew begins his analysis with a comparison between individual organizations and individual organisms, writing:
We’re calling on existing organizations to evolve to the new environment, as living organisms evolve to theirs. Only, individual organisms don’t evolve. They only cope. So, we can tell a nonprofit corporate organization to evolve just as effectively as we can tell a fish to grow opposable thumbs. Its traits and tendencies were inherited at birth. It can adjust its tendencies, it can retrain its reflexes, but it’s still a nonprofit corporate organization, even if it can do new tricks.
He then rightly points out a couple paragraphs later that there are differences between an organization and a fish:
An organization is a bundle of people, things, processes, and traditions, bound by contracts and covenants, and restricted in its operation by laws, codes, and norms. A fish is, well, a fish.
The distinctions that Andrew makes between an organization and a fish are critical; indeed, it is these very distinctions that would seem to make it possible for an organization to evolve and impossible for a fish to do so. Read More
April 30, 2013 by Michael Rushton In the news from Britain in the past week has been a speech by Culture Minister Maria Miller on the arts and the economy in the UK – the full text is here. Commentary has ranged from the concern about putting too much emphasis on the economic, to how we ought to define cultural industries in the contemporary world. I would like to focus on what linkages the Minister sees between culture and the economy. As Tim Harford notes, the speech is a bit of a jumble, so let us try to untangle some of the knots. I see three kinds of ways to think about the arts in the economy.
The first is exemplified by this part of the Minister’s speech: Just last week I hosted a reception to launch the Buxton Opera Festival. Their audiences have tripled in a decade. They have won national and regional tourism awards. They have diversified their income streams, and as a result they have generated more than a million in turnover. The other side of the Peak District, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park supports around 100 full time jobs, and is delivering close to £5 million of economic impact to its local community. These are unqualified local success stories. # Read More
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