Canadian Public Arts Funders (CPAF) affirm the role of the arts in the new economy

St. John’s, November 22, 2010 – Representatives of arts councils and equivalent arts funders from across Canada met in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, November 17-19, 2010 on the occasion of the Canadian Public Arts Funders (CPAF) Annual General Meeting.

The Executive Directors and Chairs of CPAF—Canada’s network of federal, provincial and territorial arts councils and equivalent public arts funders—discussed ways that public arts funders can better connect Canadians to professional arts activity. They explored strategies for ensuring that their collective public investment is as effective as possible in a time of fiscal restraint.

“In these tough economic times, the need for close collaboration among public arts funders is greater than ever,” said Jeffrey Anderson, Executive Director of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and newly-appointed Chair of the CPAF Steering Committee. “By working together, we can make the most of the limited resources available to us and provide the best service to the arts community and to Canadians across the country.”

The CPAF members acknowledged the contribution of outgoing Chair, Yvan Gauthier, Chief Executive Officer of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Mr. Gauthier provided exemplary leadership to CPAF for four of its first five years as a network. In his remarks to the members, Mr. Gauthier highlighted the role of the arts in the new economy: “The arts are critical to maintaining a strong sense of identity in an increasingly globalized world and with the development of new technologies. Public investment in the arts ensures that we continue, as a society, to consider the difficult questions that artists pose, and to reframe in creative ways the challenges we all face.”

CPAF aims to foster and support the arts in Canada through cooperation and collaboration of the federal, provincial and territorial arts councils and equivalent public arts funders by increasing networking and partnership opportunities, sharing information and best practices, and commissioning research. Active since 2005, there is a CPAF member organization in each province and territory in Canada. The combined budget of the 14 CPAF members is approximately $430 million.

The next CPAF Annual Meeting will take place in November 2011 in Whitehorse, Yukon.

The 14 CPAF member organizations are:

  • Alberta Foundation for the Arts
  • British Columbia Arts Council
  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
  • Government of Yukon, Department of Tourism and Culture, Cultural Services Branch (Yukon Arts Advisory Council)
  • Government of Nunavut, Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth
  • Government of the Northwest Territories, Department of Education, Culture and Employment (Northwest Territories Arts Council)
  • Manitoba Arts Council
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council
  • New Brunswick Arts Board
  • Government of Nova Scotia, Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, Culture Division (Nova Scotia Arts and Cultural Partnership Council)
  • Ontario Arts Council
  • Prince Edward Island Council of the Arts Saskatchewan Arts Board

Media Contact:

Douglas Riske
Executive Director, Manitoba Arts Council and Past Chair, Steering Committee, Canadian Public Arts Funders
Tel: (204) 945-2239

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Date Modified: 2011-03-07