CPAF Bulletin

The CPAF Bulletin - Issue 15, June 2012


CPAF Member Activities

Other Arts Funding and Related News

Analysis and New Resources

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CPAF Member Activities

Highlights: CPAF Member Budgets 2012-13

CPAF members’ budgets were announced earlier this spring; collectively they remained relatively stable in 2012-13. Here’s a snapshot of some of their budgets:

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New Brunswick Cultural Policy Renewal 2012

A working group has been formed and will be working with the Department of Culture, Tourism and Healthy Living to provide advice and input into the development of a renewed Cultural Policy for the Province of New Brunswick. artsnb is a part of this group with 21 other stakeholders.

The renewed policy will focus on four areas: culture in everyday life; professional artists and art infrastructure; common heritage; and culture and the economy. The process began with a first meeting in May. Issues discussed included status of the artist, and stronger legislation incorporated into New Brunswick cultural policy to protect artists.

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Nova Scotia Introduces Status of the Artist Legislation

Developed with input from the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, Status of the Artist legislation allows artists’ associations to set pay levels for works created and services rendered; outlines government’s roles and responsibilities to artists and encourages fair treatment; ensures that Nova Scotians have access to artistic training and education; acknowledges the working conditions of artists; and ensures government has the necessary tools to support Nova Scotia's artists and their unique needs.

More on the Status of the Artist legislation:

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New Arts Nova Scotia Board Members Appointed

Eleven Nova Scotians from across the arts sector were appointed to the first board for Arts Nova Scotia in March 2012. The first appointees, for two-year terms, are:

  • Cory Bowles, African Nova Scotian, dancer, actor and musician;
  • Claudia Buckley, consultant and contracted administrator of the Canada Council's Theatre Section's Flying Squad program;
  • Michel de Noncourt, Acadian-Francophone, bilingual visual artist, sculptor and educator;
  • Susan Hanrahan, executive director of the Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council;
  • Mary Elizabeth Luka, bilingual arts consultant, award-winning documentary producer and television director;
  • Eric Mathis, personnel and production manager for Symphony Nova Scotia;
  • Barbara Richman, established career arts administrator, consultant and former executive director of Symphony Nova Scotia and Halifax Dance;
  • Laura Schneider, director/curator at Cape Breton University Art Gallery;
  • Don Sedgwick, chairman and past-president of Transatlantic Literary Agency Inc;
  • Candace Stevenson, retired director of Culture and Heritage with the former Department of Education and Culture; and
  • Mindy Gallant-Zwicker emerging Mi'kmaq artist.

For more information, photo and bios of the Arts Nova Scotia Board members:

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Alberta Foundation for the Arts Appoints Four New Board Members

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) welcomed four new Board of Director members in March 2012, filling the remaining vacancies on the Board while adding to the AFA Board’s diverse collection of skills and experience.

The new members are:

  • Dr. Terry Cooper, Medicine Hat;
  • Susan Kristoferson, Calgary;
  • Hilary Rose, Sherwood Park; and
  • Dr. Bruce J. Wright, Calgary.

For more information about the AFA Board of Directors:

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Review of the Flying Squad Program, Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council recently announced that the October 2012 competition of the Flying Squad program will be suspended while the program undergoes a comprehensive review. The Flying Squad offers grants up to a maximum of $10,000 to arts organizations for organizational or skills development projects.

Director and CEO Robert Sirman says: “This review is an opportunity to chart a future course that retains the best successes and learnings of the program. Our objective is to benefit the arts sector with a well integrated approach to organizational support. With our financial situation stable for the next three years, we can move forward with this review as part of our ongoing efforts to ensure our programs continue to be relevant, cost-effective and responsive to the changing needs of the community.”

Applications submitted to the April 2012 program deadline will follow the normal assessment process and successful applicants will be funded from the existing budget.

For more information about the program review, visit the Canada Council website.

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Call for Entries: 2013 Jeux de la Francophonie

The Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage are working together on the selection of Team Canada artists for the 2013 Jeux de la Francophonie.

From May 15 to July 20, the Council will accept applications from the best young Canadian artists aged 18 to 35 in 12 artistic disciplines: song, original dance, painting, sculpture-installation, photography, literature (short story), storytelling, hip-hop (dance), giant puppets, juggling, environmental creation and digital creation (VJing).

For more information, visit the Canada Council or Jeux de la Francophonie websites.

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Other Arts Funding and Related News

Summary: How the 2012 Canadian Federal Budget Impacts the Arts

How does the 2012 federal budget affect arts and culture in Canada over the next three years? Reductions include: 10% (or $115 million) reduction from the CBC; $9.6 million from Libraries and Archives of Canada; $10.6 million from Telefilm Canada; $6.7 million from the National Film Board; and The Department of Canadian Heritage itself will see 7.6% ($46.2 million) in reductions.

There are no funding reductions from national museums, local museums or galleries, direct funding for artists, or Canada Council for the Arts.

A breakdown of funding to Canadian cultural institutions are also given in this article, as well as an amalgamation of quotes and information from press releases and articles from cultural organizations since the budget’s release in March 2012.

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City of Vancouver Announces New Arts Council

In May, the City of Vancouver launched a 15-member Arts Council, a committee which will report directly to City Council. Its terms of reference include advising city council and staff on arts and cultural programs, acting as a conduit for feedback from the public on civic arts and culture services, and engaging in public outreach and awareness.

The committee members, which were chosen from 199 applicants, represent a diverse array of Vancouver’s artistic communities, from visual and performing arts, community arts and festivals, to experience in arts organizations and business. The advisory committee will meet six times a year.

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Australia Council Review Released; National Cultural Policy Postponed

Australian Arts Minister Simon Crean released the results of an independent review of the Australia Council for the Arts in May, as part of the development of its National Cultural Policy.

The Review considered whether the Australia Council’s legislative purpose remains relevant, and whether the Council’s administrative and governance structures facilitate the delivery of robust outcomes to Australia’s contemporary arts and cultural sector.

Recommendations include:

  • Australia Council’s Act be reviewed and refocused on “excellence”; the Office for the Arts (part of the Ministry) would be in charge of access;
  • Funding be increased by $21.5 million for research and advocacy;
  • A new focus on innovative “commercial” funding models (micro-loans and matching programs);
  • More competitive approach to the Major Performing Arts funding;
  • Increasing support to what they call “unfunded excellence”;
  • Remove disciplinary specific grant applications in favour of a general stream;
  • Adopt a modified version of the Canada Council’s peer assessment model, rather than having standing art form boards.

The Australia Council has not yet responded to the recommendations but media reports show a mixed reaction from the sector.

The National Cultural Policy, the first such document for nearly 20 years, is still expected to be released this year, but hopes it would be published to coincide with the budget have been altered, given the government's pledge to return to surplus.

To read the report:

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Creative Scotland’s New Funding Strategy

In the wake of a £2.1 million cut in government funding, Creative Scotland has announced its dramatically pared down funding strategy for 2013. Under the new proposals, 49 arts organisations will have to apply for funding on a project-by-project basis, instead of receiving core support.

Creative Scotland says the new system will produce much sharper and more creative art, and greater collaboration between companies, but critics within the arts community believe it raises doubts about the long-term survival and strength of many of the organisations losing core funding.

Creative Scotland is organising a series of meetings with the affected groups to discuss the new strategy.

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China’s Ministry of Culture Releases Cultural Development Plan

China’s Ministry of Culture released a cultural development plan in February that includes a goal of doubling the added value of the culture industry by 2015. The 12th Five-Year Plan period (2011-2015) specifies guiding principles, strategies, goals and policy support for the culture industry.

The ministry oversees opera houses, libraries, art galleries and art troupes.

Restructuring the cultural market is the plan's focus, with the market becoming more competitive as a result of transforming more state-funded cultural institutions into independent enterprises, Minister of Culture Cai Wu Cai said.

China will also build a comprehensive public cultural service system, and less-developed areas and ethnic minority areas will be given priority in the construction of the system.

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Kansas Restores State Arts Funding; Matching Funds Return in 2014

Governor Sam Brownback signed into law in early June a state budget for Kansas that includes $700,000 for the arts. The restored state funding for the arts will be provided through the new Creative Arts Industries Commission, which will combine the un-funded Kansas Arts Commission and the Kansas Film Commission within the Department of Commerce. Legislators allocated the money from the Economic Development Initiatives Fund, which comes from gambling revenue.

However, it will take at least another year for federal and regional matching funds to follow. A policy requires Kansas to take a series of steps by October 1 to be eligible for National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Mid-America Arts Alliance funding by 2014. To develop an NEA-approved state arts plan and apply for partnership with the NEA, a new commission must be selected by the state and three full-time staffers must be provided for under the new state budget.

Last year’s decision to halt state arts funding cost Kansas about $1.2 million in grants, including $800,000 from the NEA, and $400,000 from the Mid-America Arts Alliance.

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Analysis and New Resources

Best Practices in Governance: Board Communications

Note to readers: this article is the ninth in a series that features best practices in governance for arts councils. Thanks to the Canada Council for providing this content. Look for more governance articles in future issues of the CPAF Bulletin.

Effective communication is key for any organization. Given the board’s pivotal role in helping to shape the culture and tone of an organization, a strong commitment to communication is particularly significant at the board level, in order to create a highly communicative, collegial and transparent climate for the business.

Questions addressed include:

  • Who is the board communicating with?
  • How can the board improve communications?
  • What information do board members need?

To obtain a full copy of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Best Practices in Governance: Board Communications, email Melanie Yugo, CPAF Secretariat and Partnership and Networks Officer, Canada Council for the Arts.

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Reports: Completed Canada Council Research on Artist-Run Centres and Aboriginal Arts

Three research reports have been completed recently and posted on the Canada Council’s website:

For more research reports:

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Interactive First Peoples Arts Map

First Peoples’ Cultural Council has developed an online Interactive First Peoples Arts Map, with a current focus on outreach in British Columbia. The map is a living interactive environment for Aboriginal artists and arts organizations to create an online presence, and be networked to the other participants throughout the province. It includes information on people, organizations, public art, events and resources and is open to contributions from Aboriginal artists and arts professionals, as well as those who offer resources for those artists and organizations.

To view the map :

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Report: 2012 Stratford Report: Arts And Culture At The Digital Crossroads

Released in April 2012, this year’s Stratford Report outlines the opportunity for the potential development of a revitalized cultural roadmap, bringing with it the cultivation and retention of new audiences, revenue streams, donors, sponsors and supporters. The 57-page report provides perspectives and insights by a number of cultural leaders covering writing and publishing, performing arts, film, video, music, plus museums and galleries. Included are a number of suggestions which could result in innovative cyber-focused arts and cultural entrepreneurship. These envision tighter collaborations within the arts communities and the wired digital world, and the breaking down of the silos and isolation of both sectors. The report issues a challenge to the cultural community to lead the digital society, through the use of social media tools, to engage all parts of society in a discussion of the role of arts and culture in 21st century Canada.

To read the report :

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Report: Innovating for Impact: Arts-Based Solutions for a Stronger America

A new report from the Sundance Institute and Americans for the Arts was released in May, the result of their 2011 National Arts Policy Roundtable, Innovating for Impact: Arts-Based Solutions for a Stronger America. The roundtable convened leaders from the business, government, philanthropy, education, and the arts sectors.

The report recommends four ways in which the arts in America can be an economic driver as well as a vehicle for initiating positive social change:

  • Deepen Strategic Alliances Across Sectors: Expand cross-sector collaboration between the arts and other institutions to help solve social problems.
  • Communicate the Value of the Arts: Engage individuals of all demographics in crafting and delivering personal narratives that demonstrate the importance of being an artist and the power expressing oneself gives them.
  • Expand Lines of Inquiry and Future Research: Use both qualitative and quantitative data to demonstrate to the philanthropic, government and corporate sectors how the arts can be a key component in social problem-solving efforts.
  • Integrate the Arts into Legislative and Other Policy Reforms: Leverage available funding streams to include the arts as part of economic development, neighborhood revitalization or other community-based initiatives.

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Report: Measuring the Economic Benefits of Arts and Culture

The report Measuring the economic benefits of arts and culture aims to provide arts and cultural organisations with guidance about undertaking or commissioning studies into the economic benefits of their work, and the information needed to apply research methodologies in appropriate and consistent ways.

Approaches fall into two distinct categories:

  • Measures of spending: actual spending by organisations, audiences and performers, and its effects on the economy
  • Valuations of wider benefits: techniques that try to put a price on the wider benefits people gain from culture, even in cases such as museums with free entry where no money may change hands.

To read the report :

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Report: Creative Intersections: Partnerships between the Arts, Culture and Other Sectors

The objective of this IFACCA research report, Creative Intersections, was to look at:

  • The ways that artists are working in diverse settings (from communities through to the commercial sector);
  • The nature of partnerships ('intersections') that exist between the arts and other sectors; and
  • The ways that governments at all levels (local, national, international) initiate, support or influence such relationships through policies or programmes.

To read the report :

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Report: Indigenous Arts Policy: Initiatives and Challenges

Information on the policy and funding programs administered by national arts funding agencies to support Indigenous arts practice is provided in this IFACCA research report, Research Report No. 22 Indigenous Arts Policy: Initiatives and Challenges.

Findings include:

  • Indigenous arts policy is most organised in countries with a significant Indigenous population;
  • Indigenous arts policies are often expected to address many non-arts issues including socio-political impacts related to economic factors, isolation and entitlements; and
  • The importance of international exchange of information about Indigenous arts issues and policies.

To read the report :

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Reflection: The 10 Elements of Successful Arts Education

Where do the arts fit within the education system? The author argues that the key is in the 'how' – not whether arts education in itself is a good thing but what kinds of approaches can make it worthwhile for pupils. Ten elements – from having a sense of ownership to feeling what they are making or doing matters to being encouraged to think of the arts as including or involving investigation – for a successful arts education are outlined.

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Reflection: How to Fund the Arts in America

What can the United States do to stabilize funding for the arts? How can public and private organizations work together to stabilize arts funding? While arts funding is drying up in parts of Europe because of austerity measures, it’s flourishing in Brazil because of a tax on Brazilian companies.  In an era when the National Endowment for the Arts is stretching its budget to fund digital art projects, what can be improved upon?

This New York Times special offers several perspectives from leading figures in the arts in America on how this can be done, from fostering a culture of philanthropy to separating the arts from the state to finding inspiration in local efforts to shifting understanding to artists and arts groups as contributing to economic growth of communities and nations.

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Reflection : Art and Democracy: The NEA, Kickstarter, and Creativity in America

Could Kickstarter replace the National Endowment for the Arts? The author argues that the arts funding debate is more complex, but in terms of democratizing access to the arts, not just who gets to see the artists but also who gets to be the artist, both institutions have a way to go.

With two different approaches to arts funding, Kickstarter and NEA could learn much from each other. With no obligation to consider the commercial potential of the projects it supports, the NEA is free to prioritize art that would otherwise fall through the cracks. However, while Kickstarter does not prioritize, and therefore is less successful at, distributing its funds in a way that acknowledges historical inequities and the biases of capitalism, it is its commitment to lowering barriers to entry for creators that has made it so popular.

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Reflection: In Europe, Where Art Is Life, Ax Falls on Public Financing

Europe’s economic problems, and the austerity programs meant to address them, are forcing arts institutions there to curtail programs, tours and grants.

For artists and administrators in Europe, such changes are deeply disquieting, even revolutionary. In contrast to the United States, Europe has embraced a model that views culture not as a commodity, in which market forces determine which products survive, but as a common legacy to be nurtured and protected, including art forms that may lack mass appeal.

Germany and France, the largest and most stable economies in Europe, are suffering the least and can even point to increases in financing for some officially favored programs, genres and ensembles that are seen as promoting the countries’ images abroad, like film.

But other countries with governments that are led by conservatives or technocrats — like Italy, Hungary, the Netherlands and Britain — have had their culture budgets slashed. So have others that are being forced to cut public spending to remain in the euro zone, including Greece, Portugal, Spain and Ireland.

Artists worry that money will flow to established entities that tend to be more conservative, rather than to more experimental companies that have served as incubators of new talents. That, they say, has profound implications for the artistic process.

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Important Notices

Date Modified: 2012-06-12