CPAF Bulletin

The CPAF Bulletin - Issue 11, April 2011

Introducing CPAF’s new public website

On April 4, www.cpaf-opsac.org was launched! This new public website aims to introduce and promote CPAF’s collective mission, goals, activities and themes of interest to an external audience. Feel free to start sharing the site with your colleagues, clients, stakeholders or the public.

The Secretariat will soon add other features, such as profiles for CPAF member organizations, and summaries of meeting reports. Please send comments or suggestions to Melanie Yugo, Partnership and Networks Officer and CPAF Secretariat.

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Spring time is budget time

the proposed federal budget died on the order paper after last month’s election call, several provincial and territorial governments recently tabled their respective budgets. Here’s a snapshot:

Newfoundland and Labrador announced an allocation of an additional $150,000 to the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council 2011 budget, part of building on its 2006 cultural strategy of sustaining a vibrant cultural sector.

Saskatchewan announced in its budget that all government agencies would receive budget increases of 1.5 percent. The Saskatchewan Arts Board will receive an additional $95,000 to allocate to the province’s arts community.

Ontario’s budget, as expected, highlighted the creation last fall of a three-year, $27 million Arts Investment Fund provided to non-profit arts groups through the Ontario Arts Council. Of this, $10 million will be provided in 2011-12.

British Columbia’s Budget 2011 allocated approximately $10 million in funding for the BC Arts Council. Last year, the BC Arts Council’s budget totaled $16.8 million, including $7.75 million from the 2010 Sports and Arts Legacy Fund for a range of new and existing programs. At the time of reporting, the allocation of the 2011/12 portion of the three year fund has not been announced.

Quebec announced that $3 million over three years, starting in 2011-12, will be allocated to the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine for Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) to promote the work of Quebec artists outside the province.

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Arts-funding in England

On March 30, Arts Council England (ACE), which has seen its operating budget cut by the UK government by nearly 30 percent, announced its funding program for the 2012–2015 period. Alan Davey, CEO of ACE, indicated the council would not cut every program by equal amounts, preferring an all-or-nothing approach instead.

ACE passed on cuts of 15 percent to the arts as a whole. In all, 1,333 organizations applied for funding. Of the 695 successful applicants, 110 will receive money from ACE for the first time in their histories. Of the 638 unsuccessful applicants, 206 were previously funded by the council. A complete summary of the announcements is available on The Guardian’s Culture blog.

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State art agencies budgets and restructuring proposals, 2010-12

Across most of the United States, discussions surrounding state budget allocations for 2012 are already underway. The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) recently offered a synopsis of state budget plans and arts appropriation proposals for the year ahead. According to the NASAA report:

  • 86 percent of states face budget shortfalls in 2012.
  • Cuts have been proposed for 61 percent of state arts agencies in 2012. The median proposed decrease is 19 percent, but cuts of more than 30 percent have been proposed in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.
  • Flat funding has been proposed for 27 percent of state arts agencies and increases have been proposed for 12 percent.
  • Increases have been proposed for 12% of state arts agencies. Substantial increases have been proposed in Hawaii and West Virginia, but others are modest in size.

Another report recently prepared by NASAA indicates that although no state arts agencies (SAAs) were eliminated in 2010 or 2011, several were subject to major restructurings or funding reductions. For example:

  • Arizona’s ArtShare Endowment was swept of all its funds;
  • Missouri did not receive a funding appropriation, but was granted legislative authority to spend out of the principal in its cultural trust;
  • the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs lost 80 percent of its appropriation;
  • Minnesota proposed converting its state arts agency to a private nonprofit; and
  • South Dakota moved off the general fund and is now funded through a tourism tax.

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News from around CPAF

MAC to Focus Forward
The Manitoba Arts Council (MAC) has kicked off an extensive series of public consultations as part of its FOCUS FORWARD strategic planning exercise. MAC wants to hear from stakeholders across the province’s arts community to guide the development of its future priorities, management and services. MAC will share the input it receives later this spring. The resultant strategic plan will be released later in the year.

CALQ to lead study on digital technology’s effects on the arts
The Quebec government has directed the CALQ and the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) to suggest a range of options for developing arts and literature in the digital-technology context. Between now and October, CALQ and SODEC will invite the arts and literature communities, as well as academics, public servants and other stakeholders to participate in surveys, consultations and a forum. Participants will be asked to offer their input on digital technology’s effects on five themes: creation, production, dissemination, professional development, and promotion and marketing. CALQ and SODEC will deliver their recommendations to Quebec’s culture ministry in October.

NLAC asks for the public’s help to develop strategic plan
The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (NLAC) held forums across the province to solicit the public’s help in developing its strategic plan. NLAC officials wanted to hear about the council’s performance against its mandate of fostering and promoting the creation and enjoyment of the arts for all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The plan is to be delivered this spring.

Executive Director Staffing Changes at BC Arts Council and NB Arts Board
Gillian Wood was recently appointed Executive Director of the BC Arts Council, having stepped into the role as acting executive director since 2009. Congratulations Gillian!

Akoulina Connell was named Executive Director of the NB Arts Board in April. Connell returned to New Brunswick four years ago after five years in British Columbia and an eight-year stint in Montreal. She completed a B.A. in English Literature at St. Francis Xavier University, followed by a year of Interior Design at Ryerson, and then an M.A. in English Literature at McGill.

Over the years, she has worked in both the private and public sectors — as tech writer, marketing writer, freelance tutor, editor, project manager, communications advisor, and most recently as managing editor at Goose Lane Editions. She looks forward to working with the full spectrum of players in our arts scene, government, and the greater public.

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CPAF Calendar of events, 2011-12

CPAF Strategic Development Meeting on Equity, June 13–14, 2011, Edmonton, AB

CPAF Professional Development Meeting on Media Arts, September 2011, Vancouver, BC (dates TBD)

CPAF Annual General Meeting, November 16–18, 2011, Whitehorse, YK (theme TBD)

CPAF Professional Development Meeting on Literary Arts, March 2012 (dates and location TBD)

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News from all over

US federal cultural agencies take record budget hit
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will collectively face an 11.2% reduction under the 2010-11 US budget, which institutes the largest spending cuts in history. Specifically, the NEA will face a $12.5 million cut this year, or 7.5% reduction, from $167.5 million to $155 million. This has implications for grantmaking between now and September 30, when the fiscal year ends, and how NEA decides to balance the remainder of their funds.

IFACCA to develop new-media strategy
The emergence of new media arts has presented its share of challenges for arts funding agencies around the world. To help its members better deal with this important field, the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) recently commissioned the development of a new media arts strategy. Members of the IFACCA board of directors will consider responses to that survey during their April board meeting; the results will be made public later this year.

Crowdfunding the arts
A new arts-funding website helps UK-based arts organizations connect directly with their audiences and supporters to solicit funding and collect large numbers of small donations. Since www.wedidthis.org.uk launched in January, organizers have commissioned eight new projects using the more than £5,500 raised through the website. More than 2,000 people visit the site each week, and half of those are new visitors.

 “Directly asking large numbers of individuals for funding in this way is a new experience for many arts organizations,” say organizers. “It is also a great way for organizations to raise awareness and support for their art. It is an opportunity that goes far beyond funding.

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Best practices in governance-board position descriptions

Note to readers: this article is the sixth in a series that features best practices in governance for arts councils. Thanks to the Canada Council for providing this content.

A board position description, or director profile, is a concise description of the role, accountabilities and challenges of a board position. It contains specific information related to the duties and expectations of being part of the board, and contains all the information necessary to fill the position.

A position description for board members helps set expectations and ensures that board members do their utmost on behalf of the organization they serve. It can be used to inform prospective members about the extent of their duties, enabling them to make informed decisions. The position description outlines the expectations of members and serves as a tool to remind members of their ongoing responsibilities. A position description should summarize:

  • the nature and scope of the work to be performed,
  • the key responsibilities of the position and the board,
  • any knowledge, experience and skills required for the position, and
  • any internal and external factors that affect or that may affect the organization.

When defining the roles and responsibilities associated with a position, be sure to consider strategic planning, risk assessment and management, internal controls, performance management and evaluation, and stakeholder strategies and communications.

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Research round-up

Emerging and digital media report issued
Last spring, the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage commissioned an in-depth study of the trends created by new media. The committee released its findings in February.

Emerging and Digital Media: Opportunities and Challenges considers developments in emerging and digital media, how these developments affect Canadian cultural industries, and the actions federal agencies could take to help Canadian cultural industries benefit from these trends. The report recommends that the government:

  • review the system of grants and contributions to encourage innovation in the digital media sector,
  • strengthen the digital media components of its programs for arts and culture,
  • create a tax credit for digital media production,
  • develop of a national digital economy strategy as quickly as possible, and
  • review that strategy every five years.

Launch of Cultural Policy Update
Cultural Policy Update (CPU) is an international e-journal based in the Netherlands reflecting on recent development in cultural policies. CPU aims to stir up the worldwide debate about changes in art support systems due to globalization, economic crises, new market opportunities et cetera. Issue One explores new models of arts funding in Europe, emphasizing that the position of the arts has changed, as a result of modernity, and that artists and institutions “have to leave their comfort zones” to establish new and diversified funding alliances.

Arts Research Monitor: Social impacts of the arts
The latest issue of Hill Strategies’ Arts Research Monitorfeatures five insightful reports on social impacts of the arts. Topics discussed include the relationship between the arts and quality of life, the correlation between arts participation and civic and social engagement, the potential relationship between video games and the civic engagement of teenagers, differences in happiness among Canadians, and an exploration of the measurement of social impacts.

US arts vitality index hits 12-year low
According to the National Arts Index—a measure of 81 indicators that make up the health and vitality of the US arts sector—America’s arts sector reached a 12-year low in 2009.

This edition of the report showed that:

  • Demand for the arts lags supply. There were 3,000 new nonprofit arts organizations created between 2007 and 2009. However, the number of people who attended museums and performing-arts events decreased 19 percent and 22 percent, respectively, between 2003 and 2009.
  • The number of Americans who participated in artistic activities increased five percent between 2005 and 2009; volunteering increased 11.6 percent.
  • In 2008, 41 percent of non-profit arts organizations reported deficits, up from 36 percent in 2007.
  • Demand for arts educations is up. College arts degrees conferred annually have risen from 75,000 to 127,000 in the past decade.
  • The portion of all philanthropic giving to the arts dropped from 4.9 percent to 4.0 percent over the past decade.

A multi-modal understanding of arts participation
Researchers at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recently prepared a study on participation in the arts. Beyond attendance: a multi-modal understanding of arts participation considers the breadth of public participation in the arts through arts attendance, electronic media, and personal arts creation and performances. The study is based on data gathered through the NEA’s Survey of Public Participation in the Arts between 1982 and 2008.

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Important Notices

Date Modified: 2011-05-09