Council Blog

  • 26
    Apr

    What is a Strategic Plan?

    By Michelle Chawla
    Strategic Plan 2016-2021 : Shaping a new future

    What’s the point of a strategic plan? In a world where information flows and changes so quickly, some of you may wonder about the use of a five-year Strategic Plan. We believe that in order to better understand where we’re going, we have to know where we stand. In the Canada Council’s new strategic plan, we’ve taken stock all while looking ahead to the future. We’re about to benefit from a historic reinvestment in the arts. We’ve thought about what we need to change. Now, here’s what we’r...

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  • 15
    Apr

    Connections, experience, love of the culture and our country: a powerful, unforgettable experience

    By Jon Drops Reid

    Being part of Team Canada Supernaturalz arrived in the Nice airport surrounded by people in red-and-white maple-leafed athletic gear. We often wear our own crew sweatshirts to events, but to see an airport full of geared-up Canadian competitors gathered at the baggage check was a memory I won’t soon forget. We didn’t just come as Supernaturalz to battle, we came as Team Canada, embarking on a mission to represent our nation in France. It was a unique and powerful feeling! The staff...

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  • 28
    Mar

    Time_Place_Space-Nomad: Silence as Resilience

    By Anne Riley
    Photo: Lisa Hirmer

    In 2015, the Canada Council renewed its partnership with Arts House/Performance Space in Australia to have 3 Canadian interdisciplinary artists participate in the 2015 Time_Place_Space: Nomad. This travelling lab-based residency brought together over 25 artists to explore interdisciplinary and experimental practices while camping out together in Regional Victoria of Australia. One of the artists, Anne Riley, agreed to share her observations about the residency,...

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  • 22
    Mar

    An historic rendezvous with our future

    By Simon Brault, O.C., O.Q.
    Budget announcement-Canada Council for the Arts

    Like millions of people For 35 years, I have argued non-stop to have the social benefits of the arts and culture fully recognized. I’m passionate about this cause – like the arts themselves, it inspires me and has helped me to grow in many ways. I’ve met amazing artists, seen works and projects that redefine our relationship with the world, debated (both frankly and hesitantly) with corporate and political decision-makers, witnessed the impact of arts organizations within our c...

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  • 21
    Mar

    Behind the Lens: The Making of the Bill Vazan Video

    By Julie Perron
    Bill Vazan

    Imagine the opportunity to create a short film about a key figure in the visual or media arts, with the support of a local production centre – with full creative control over your work. That was the assignment recently given to group of independent film directors. The result: Insightful, often inspiring, always creative video portraits of the 8 winners of the 2016 Governor General’s Visual and Media Arts Awards. 2016 marks the fourth year of this video project – a partnership b...

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  • 14
    Mar

    Working together

    By Isabelle Hudon and Simon Brault
    Welcoming refugees to Canada

    Isabelle Hudon, Minister of Canadian Heritage Melanie Joly and Simon Brault​ The initiative that we announced in December, The Arts and Culture Welcome Refugees, was officially launched today.  While modest in itself ($200,000 in total), this pilot initiative is part of the wider government and civic movement to welcome Syrian refugees. Art counts in our communities. It plays a vital role of integration and socialization. Our initiative offers arts organizations currently receiv...

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