A new arts initiative welcoming refugees to Canada

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Overview

Arts and culture in Canada can be a refuge, a celebration of diversity and a source of inspiration and connection. Canadians from coast to coast have been global leaders in welcoming Syrian refugees, and the Canada Council for the Arts and Sun Life Financial have created an initiative to welcome our new citizens and connect these new members of our communities to arts organizations.

From April 1st 2016 to March 31st 2017, this new initiative will support eligible arts organizations that wish to provide free admission to recent Syrian refugees to a performance, exhibition or arts event in their communities.

The Canada Council for the Arts has committed $150,000 in savings. Sun Life Financial will contribute $50,000 through its Making the Arts More Accessible™ program - the focus of is support of arts and culture.

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The "Arts and Culture Welcome Refugees" is a Canada Council for the Arts and Sun Life Financial initiative for welcoming Syrian refugees. The initiative, which will run from April 1st, 2016 to March 31, 2017, will enable arts organizations currently receiving operating funding from the Canada Council to offer Syrian refugees free access to their activities.

Participating Organizations

The Arts Organizations Opening Their Doors to Refugees

We put out the call and the arts community answered. With funding from Canada Council for the Arts and Sun Life Financial, these organizations across the country will be providing free access to recent Syrian refugees to a performance, exhibition or arts event in their communities.

Throughout the year, we’ll be sharing the stories from the organizations involved, learn from successes and find opportunities to expand the initiative in the future.

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