CPAF Bulletin

The CPAF Bulletin - Issue 7, April 2010

Saskatchewan unveils new cultural policy

In March, the Government of Saskatchewan introduced that province’s first cultural policy in more than 25 years. Pride of Saskatchewan: A Policy Where Culture, Community and Commerce Meet outlines the principles and priorities that will guide development of the arts, culture and heritage sector in Saskatchewan. The policy promotes collaboration to maximize the cultural industry’s social and economic benefits, and encourages contributions from Saskatchewan’s Aboriginal, rural and small-town communities.

"Culture leads to innovation, economic growth and quality of life," Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Dustin Duncan said. "We need to foster artistic excellence and creativity, promote shared stewardship, facilitate public access and engagement, build community capacity and increase economic success."

AFA introduces new grant program structure

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) has made its grant program more efficient and easier to use. The new structure, which is based on feedback from more than 2,000 artists and arts organizations, sorts AFA’s grants into four categories: operating funding for arts organizations, project funding for arts organizations, project funding for individual artists, and operating and project funding for cultural industries. AFA says existing grant commitments and deadlines will not be affected by the administrative change.

Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Awards Show and Gala

The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council will hold its 25th annual Arts Awards Show and Gala May 1 in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. This is only the second time that the show has been held outside of St. John’s. Awards will be handed out in five categories: Artist of the Year, Arts in Education, Emerging Artist, Arts Achievement Award, and Patron of the Arts Award. Presentations to Hall of Honour inductees—author Helen Fogwill Porter and Labrador band The Flummies—will also be made at that time.

New service directory for culturally diverse artists

A new tool created by the Canada Council for the Arts and Diversité artistique Montréal (DAM) enables Quebec-based artists from culturally diverse communities to access valuable career development resources. The Directory of Organizations Providing Support Services to Culturally Diverse Artists in Quebec lists services such as mentoring, funding, networking and advocacy offered by agencies across the province.

“The Council has recognized the changing demographics and growing contribution of culturally diverse artists in Quebec,” said Sheila James, Coordinator, Equity Office at the Canada Council for the Arts. “Our partnership with DAM enabled us to address a gap in the information available to artists from these communities.”

NBAB co-launches community arts project in Caraquet

The New Brunswick Arts Board (NBAB) and the City of Caraquet co-launched a three-year project to fund professional artists and arts groups in the Greater Caraquet region. The Caraquet Community Arts Project will provide grants of up to $15,000 to support collaborative projects between arts groups and the community.

Saskatchewan launches low-interest loans program for artists

The Saskatchewan Arts Board and the Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport have launched a low-interest loans program for artists. The $1.15-million Creative Industries Flexible Loan Program offers short-term loans of up to $25,000 for creators and businesses in the craft, publishing, recording and visual arts sectors.

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Presentation Resources

Artists talk about MAC contributions in new video

In Art – It’s What’s Inside, a new video produced by the Manitoba Arts Council, prominent artists talk about the importance of the arts in Manitoba and the role the council played in building their careers.

Generosity and Curiosity: The Artful Manager

CPAF members may be interested to watch this speech from Ben Cameron, the Program Director of Arts with New York’s Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. He spoke at TEDx in Calgary about trends in arts participation and the impact of technology on the performing arts. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share “ideas worth spreading.”

Cameron was the keynote speaker at the 2009 CPAF Professional Development Meeting on Program Evaluation. No Culture, No Future slated for spring publication

The English version of Le facteur C, a book authored by Canada Council Vice-Chair Simon Brault, is slated for May 29 publication by Toronto’s Cormorant books. Titled No Culture, No Future, the book is part of Brault’s campaign to convince the people and governments of cities across Canada that investment in the arts benefits all citizens.

Since the French version was published in fall 2009, Brault has spoken to audiences in Canada and worldwide about the ideas he raises in the book. At a March seminar organized by Arts and Cultural Industries Manitoba, Brault told a Winnipeg audience that the arts community must champion education and public participation or risk further decline.

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Arts funding partnership renewed for 2010–11

Earlier this month, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) renewed the Alberta Creative Development Initiative (ACDI) for 2010–11. ACDI was established originally as a three-year arts funding initiative to support the development of the arts in Alberta. The program—which has provided $6 million in funding to more than 350 professional artists and arts organizations—offers grants for projects relating to creation, development, research, audience development and administrative capacity building. More than half of the individuals who received a grant had not previously been funded by the Canada Council.

The Canada Council and AFA have committed $1 million to ACDI for this fiscal year.

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Best practices in arts council governance—succession planning

Note to readers: this article is the second 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.

Succession planning involves preparing for the departure of key personnel, typically those in leadership roles. In smaller organizations, succession plans may focus only on the executive director position; in larger organizations, they may consider the entire senior management team.

In Succession Planning Best Practices, the Canada Council for the Arts describes:

  • the definition and purpose of succession plans,
  • why succession plans are important, and
  • how to develop a succession plan.

Planned succession plans detail the steps an organization will take when key personnel depart with notice, while emergency succession plans outline the steps an organization will take if key personnel depart unexpectedly.

Some of the key issues arts councils should contemplate when developing a succession plan are:

  • strategic plans and future goals,
  • workforce requirements,
  • knowledge retention and critical roles, and
  • talent-management strategies.

Succession planning is something to consider when an organization does its annual budget. Arts councils may want to examine how many resources can be dedicated to staff training and development, as well as to board leadership development. It is important for staff to be “cross-trained” in each other's duties and responsibilities.

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CPAF staffing news

AFA ED returns

On April 1, Executive Director Jeffrey Anderson returned to the helm of the Arts Branch / Alberta Foundation for the Arts. For the past two years, he had been seconded to a role that saw him lead the implementation of Alberta’s Cultural Policy. Welcome back, Jeffrey!

Canada Council appoints new Director of Communications

The Canada Council for the Arts has named Tammy Scott, a marketing and communications professional with more than 15 years’ experience, as its new Director of Communications.

Scott is the former Vice President of Marketing Communications with TELUS and MasterCard International’s former Vice President of Brand Marketing. She is fluently bilingual, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Concordia University and a Masters Certificate in Marketing Communications from York University. She has also completed the Certified Advertising & Communications Professional program from the Institute of Canadian Advertising.

Scott assumed her new role on April 6. She replaces outgoing director Carol Bream, who retired in December after a 13-year career with the Council.

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CPAF calendar of events, 2010

  • CPAF Professional Development Meeting on Dance, June 4–5, Canada Council for the Arts, Ottawa ON
  • CPAF Professional Development Meeting on Partnership, September 22 –23, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto ON
  • CPAF Annual General Meeting, Building Support for the Arts: Part Two, Nov. 17–19, St. John’s NL
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News from the international arts community

England gets Creative with arts bursaries

Arts Council England, in conjunction with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, recently launched The Creative Bursaries Scheme, a program that helps graduates from low-income families get jobs in the arts sector. The £600,000-pilot project will help at least 40 students obtain paid internships at established arts organizations.

IFACCA board meets in Vancouver

The board of directors of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) met in Vancouver, March 5–6. The group discussed IFACCA’s strategic plan for 2011–2014, and explored IFACCA’s role as a global arts champion.

The directors also discussed the notion of creating international campaigns for the arts, as well as the suitability of building centralized messages that support local arts groups. IFACCA’s report on this topic will be released in April.

Finally, the participants discussed plans for IFACCA’s 2011 World Summit in Melbourne, Australia on Oct. 3–6. The summit theme is Creative Intersections.

Australia Council CEO re-appointed

Australia’s Minister for Arts has re-appointed Kathy Keele as Chief Executive Officer of the Australia Council for the Arts. During her first term as CEO, Keele implemented reforms that made the council more efficient and transparent. Arts Minister Peter Garrett said Keele would be an important part of his government’s plan to develop a national cultural policy.

Keele, who also sits on the board of directors of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies, will serve an additional five-year term as head of Australia’s arts council.

NASAA: funding to state arts agencies declined in 2010

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies’ latest Legislative Appropriations Annual Survey shows that funding to state arts agencies dropped by 10 percent in 2009–10. Across the United States, state governments cut arts agencies’ funds by an average of $32.8 million. New average funding levels are approximately $297 million, or $0.96 per capita.

Last year was the second consecutive year in which states have cut funding to arts agencies. The most significant cuts occurred in Michigan, Florida and Illinois.

NZ re-thinks arts administration

New Zealand’s Ministry for Culture and Heritage, in consultation with Creative New Zealand and arts creators, recently conducted a review of the government’s arts culture and heritage policy.

The review recommended the creation of a single board that would be responsible for policy, strategy and funding allocation. Composed of 13 members from acress New Zealand's cultural communities, the board would include representation from creators across the country, including the Maori community. The reforms could save the government approximately NZD $200,000 annually.

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International calendar of events, 2010

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Important Notices

Date Modified: 2011-03-02