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Sector News - August 2018

09 August 2018

Cabinet Shuffle introduces new Minister of Heritage

On July 18, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced changes to the Liberal team in a cabinet shuffle. The new cabinet has 17 men and 17 women with several new additions to the team one of which being the new Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, Pablo Rodriguez. Minister Rodriguez takes the place of Minister Melanie Joly who was appointed as Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie. 

Canada's powerhouse arts and culture sector will be receiving new support from Ottawa, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly announced June 26. Over the next five years, $125 million will be spent on domestic programs, expanding the eligible sectors that can receive money and helping artists export their work internationally. The investment recognizes the growing economic and cultural impact of Canada's arts and creative industries, which now represent 2.8 per cent of the country's GDP.

Process and Policy Update for Final Reports on Grants

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is improving the process and clarifying the policy for grant recipients on submitting final reports. These changes were made possible thanks to the transfer of information from previous grants database to Nova, the online granting system. Learn More

How the new Creative Export Strategy affects the visual arts

Following former Heritage Minister Melanie Joly’s announcement of Creative Export Strategy in June the visual arts community has been waiting to see how this will effect them after there was no specific mention about Visual Arts in the announcement. A follow up with Canadian Heritage media relations clarified how the $125 million will be allocated and what this means for Canadian contemporary art. The $125 million will be spread out over five years with $25 million being disbursed each year. The new program promises to provide more options for international circulation beyond the existing Arts Abroad program of the Canada Council. Other benefits include access to knowledge and resources through cultural officers in Canadian embassies around the world and increased support for costs associated with travelling to International Art Fairs. We will stay tuned to see how the recent cabinet shuffle impacts this Strategy. Read the full article on Canadian Art.

Robert Lepage announces cancellation of Kanata project after co-producers withdraw. 

In a statement today, Lepage and his production company Ex-Machina say they are nixing planned presentations in Paris due to a lack of financial support,” reports the Globe and MailRead More

AGO Photography Prize Will Not Continue

An AGO spokesperson confirmed that 2017 was the prize’s final year. The spokesperson said there was no comment available on the matter, but indicated that a major symposium and publication accompanying the 2017 edition served as a suitable capstone to the endeavour. Read more

Emerging In the Industry: A Resource for New and Emerging Artists (Theatre Ontario Youth Advisory Committee)

Every person tackles the industry from a different background. Some find that formalized training institutions are for them; others not so much. Some come into working right out of high school, while others have experience working in another field. Either way, there are similar entry points and things to consider when starting out your career. Read More.

 

 

 

Sector News - July 2018

29 June 2018

Ottawa announces $125 million over five years for Canadian arts & culture​

Canada's powerhouse arts and culture sector will be receiving new support from Ottawa, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly announced June 26. Over the next five years, $125 million will be spent on domestic programs, expanding the eligible sectors that can receive money and helping artists export their work internationally. The investment recognizes the growing economic and cultural impact of Canada's arts and creative industries, which now represent 2.8 per cent of the country's GDP.

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CultureDays Announces 2018 Theme On Beat

Presented by National Partner Sun Life Financial, OnBeat is a collective drumming and rhythm-inspired event bringing together thousands of Canadians from coast-to-coast both in-person and online to celebrate making the arts accessible, inclusive and fun!

Across the country, communities, organizations, and individuals are invited to participate in OnBeat by organizing drumming and/or rhythm-inspired events during Culture Days.

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Statistics Canada launches new survey on the digital economy

Digital technologies are significant drivers of productivity, innovation and competitiveness, and are constantly reshaping the Canadian economy. As the global economy shifts towards digitalization, Statistics Canada is conducting a new survey to fill important data gaps about Canadians' activities and participation in the digital economy.

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Study Tour engages cities in discussions on creative placemaking​

Artscape, with support from the World Cities Culture Forum and Canada Council for the Arts, and in association with the City of Toronto, was pleased to host a week-long study tour titled, Innovations in Creative Space & Placemaking. From June 4 to 8, delegates discussed the impacts of this crisis on cultural capital and communities, share ideas and successful approaches to building and sustaining space for culture in urban communities and explored local examples of creative placemaking. 

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Member News - July 2018

29 June 2018

2018 Art & Studio Tour

The 16th Annual Richmond Hill Art & Studio Tour continues to showcase some of the most impressive art in Canada! October 13th and October 14th. Learn More

Contemporary Landscapes - Winged Canvas

An exploration of the different ways we understand and capture our rapidly changing world. July 13 - August 12. Learn More

Made in Canada Exhibit

The exhibit will be available to be seen at the Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre now through Dec 8th during regular hours of operation.  Let the artifacts in this exhibit – both from the Museum and loaned from local residents – share their military stories with you.  Learn More 

D'air Dance Collective 

Presenting their first recital as a dance family, Chapter One: Our Journey Begins will showcase all the hard work they have put into dancing for the 2017/18 Dance Season!

D'Air Dance Collective will be showing performances from their recreational competitive teams, as well as suprise guest performers! You wont want to miss it! Learn More

Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery 

Book club July 26 2018 at 7pm. Call the Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery. Learn More 

Arts Society King presents Sharon Kirsch Exhibit 

Sharon Kirsh's vibrant, richly layered, textured cold wax abstracts explore the relationship between what we experience in nature and what can be imagined when we daydream. Experimental and playful, vibrant saturated colour and deep texture is enhanced through building up, then excavating luminescent translucent layers, all working together to create mystery, depth and history.    Read More Here

Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery Seeking Board Members

The Board of the Georgina Arts Centre and Gallery is looking for two new board members. Here is an excellent opportunity to serve your community by directing the future of our art education and exhibition of the artistic work of our community. They are at an exciting time with a new executive director and beginning a search for a new location in Georgina. If you have time and interest in serving on this board, please contact the gallery (905) 722- 9587.
BILL MAJOR, Chair of the Board of Directors   

York Region Arts Council, YRAC

1310 Kerrisdale Blvd., Unit 200
Newmarket, ON. L3Y 7B3

Phone: 905-726-3278
Fax: 905-726-2788

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