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July 14, 2020

Your Chance to Reimagine the Arts and Our Next Strategic Plan

Last updated: August 24, 2020
Published: July 14, 2020

Blog post by Director and CEO, Simon Brault

The arts: a crucial and universal need

During the COVID-19 crisis, many artists have given us online access to their creations. Between this digital access and the glaring absence of their dynamic and unifying in-person presence, one thing has become clear: the arts are a crucial and universal need. In fact, they are at the heart of all aspects of our lives and communities.

Reimagine the arts for a greener planet and a more just and equitable world

Today, we have the responsibility of reimagining the arts. We need to reimagine better conditions for artistic creation, dissemination and remuneration. We need to reimagine more resilient, inclusive arts organizations with even greater attendance and support. We need to reimagine an arts sector determined to eliminate racism and discrimination in every form, and the legacy of colonialism. We need to reimagine the arts’ rightful place in the conversations that shape our future. And we need to reimagine, through the arts, a greener and more just and equitable world.

Sharing your ideas and suggestions for our strategic plan

The Canada Council for the Arts is your public arts funding organization. In recent years, the Council has significantly increased access to artistic creation. It has enhanced its support to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis artists and organizations and amplified the presence of Canada’s diverse artistic expression abroad. But there is still much more to do in the coming years.

That’s why I’m inviting you to share your ideas and suggestions for our 2021–26 strategic plan with us.

We have retained the services of Hill+Knowlton Strategies to reach the greatest number of people and provide you with a platform for sharing your opinions and comments. Although the survey period is now closed, a schedule of online dialogue sessions and other opportunities to engage are underway. Stay tuned for more.

We look forward to hearing from all of you—loud and clear.

Take part in Reimagine the Arts

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