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    Get ready for the Big One at Art Bank Exposé

    By Amy Jenkins
    Jack Bush, Big One, 1960

    Who could have predicted in 1960, that Jack Bush’s Big One was headed for greatness?  Acquired for a modest sum in 1972, the first year of the Canada Council Art Bank’s existence, it is now one of the most valuable paintings in the collection. It is no coincidence that this work was selected for inclusion in Art Bank Exposé to coincide with the National Gallery of Canada’s retrospective of Bush’s most influential work this fall.  Art Bank Exposé,...

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    2014 NASO meeting: Cross Canada Check-in on Research

    The annual 2014 National Arts Service Organization meeting (NASO) recently took place in Ottawa. The 55+ participating organizations represented all sectors of arts and culture in Canada from coast to coast to coast. The focus of the presentations was research, and the content and discussions they provoked were rich and stimulating. We’ve posted available presentations and resources below. Feel free to share widely with your networks! Opening Remarks  Simon Brault, Dire...

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    Canadian Idol – Children’s Lit Style

    By Kate Watson

    Children’s writers as popular as rock stars? It may sound far-fetched, but that’s how several authors have described their experience during the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award Week. Hackmatack is a reading club that is run in schools and libraries across Atlantic Canada. It introduces participants in Grades 4, 5 and 6 to some of the best of Canada’s books and authors while fostering literacy and the joy of reading. On top of that, the program empowers children t...

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    Stats and Stories: Making a Difference across the Country

    By Research and Evaluation Section
    Graphic of Council funding across Canada

    Each year the Canada Council funds artists and arts organizations across the country to the tune of over $150 million (153.6 million in 2013-14). Behind every grant and prize that we award, there are statistics and stories that together create a broader picture of the impact of the Council’s support and its progress in fulfilling its commitment to bring the arts to Canadians. The Council’s Research and Evaluation team gathers and interprets these stats and stories – and ...

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    Simon Brault's Remarks / National Arts Service Organizations' Annual Meeting

    By Simon Brault
    Simon Brault

    The original speech was delivered in English and in French. The full translations will be posted later this week, but the discussion can start now. Share your comments. Good morning everyone, bonjour à toutes et à tous, Introduction Ce matin, en arrivant, j’éprouvais une fois de plus le sentiment de familiarité qui m’habite depuis mon arrivée à la direction du Conseil, le 26 juin dernier. En effet, je connais bon nombre d’ent...

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    Notes from Contemporary Circus Arts Festival

    By Claude Schryer
    Networking session at Contemporary Circus Arts Festival of Toronto, September 28, 2014

    I’ve had the pleasure of leading the Canada Council's support of contemporary circus art since it was formally recognized as a distinct art form in 2009. There are now many forms and practices of contemporary circus arts in Canada, and the community of professional practitioners is growing rapidly. I was reminded of this fact at a networking session I recently attended during the Contemporary Circus Arts Festival in Toronto, on September 28. The session host, Brandy Leary, Artistic ...

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