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  • Finances and attendance of arts organizations


    Volume: 14

    Issue: 8

    (Art galleries / Artist-run centres / Presenters)

    In this issue: Four reports examining the situation of arts organizations, including Canadian statistics on art museums and galleries, artist-run centres, and performing arts presenters as well as an American report examining the sustainability of arts and culture organizations in select cities.

    Read more and download the article in PDF at:

  • Canada 150 Survey


    CDA would like to know your plans for 2017. Are you planning a Canada 150 special event? If so, please let us know so that we can include your project in our advocacy work.

    Answer the survey here:

  • Participating in Government Consultations


    The Canadian Dance Assembly Recaps Ontario’s Culture Strategy

    As an arts advocate and policy wonk, I love a good townhall. The Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA), along with much of the arts and cultural sector, is eager to contribute to policies and practices that create systemic change. Not only is there a possibility for Ontario’s cultural activities to flourish, but for arts and culture to connect across sectors and communities.

    This fall, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport conducted townhalls across Ontario for their first Culture Strategy. It prompted citizens to imagine what Ontario’s arts and culture sector could look like in 10 years. All of the material from the townhalls and the online submissions will be taken into consideration before the Ministry writes its first-ever Culture Strategy this spring. You can still submit your thoughts until December 7th.

    Continue reading HERE.

  • Survey on the Social Impact of Dance / Sondage sur l'impact social de la danse


    A five-year long study on dance in Canada has been sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, which has resulted in the largest Dance Map in the world, the Dance Wheel and results from over 8,000 dance practitioners to the Yes I Dance survey.

    This final component features a survey to investigate the social impact of dance, inviting participation from over 2,000 dance schools, studios, companies, presenters and service organizations that appear on the Dance Map. The survey attempts to answer some of the following questions:

    -  How does dance benefit a society, a community or a particular group within a community?
    -  How can dance be an instrument for positive change (mental, physical, spiritual) for individuals within our society?
    - Where is our biggest impact on the well-being of Canadians?

    The survey can be accessed HERE


    Il y a cinq ans, le Conseil des arts du Canada et le Conseil des arts de l'Ontario ont entrepris l'ambitieux projet de lancer une étude nationale en plusieurs étapes sur la danse au Canada. Dans le cadre de cette étude, nous avons créé la plus vaste carte de la danse au monde, qui a été suivie par le cercle de la danse qui relate les résultats au sondage Oui, je danse, auquel ont répondu plus de 8 000 danseurs, chorégraphes et professeurs de danse de partout au Canada.

    Nous concluons ce cycle de l'étude par un sondage à l'intention de plus de 2 000 organismes et compagnies de danse, qui porte sur l'impact social de la danse. Le sondage tente de répondre notamment aux questions suivantes :

    - En quoi la danse est-elle bénéfique pour une société, une communauté ou un groupe particulier au sein d'une communauté?
    - Comment la programmation de danse peut-elle s'avérer un instrument de changement positif (mental, physique, spirituel) pour les individus et la société?
    - Que faisons-nous déjà et quel est notre plus grand impact sur le bien-être des Canadiens?

    L'enquête peut être consulté ICI

  • Moment of silence for Paris, Beirut at Canada Council for the Arts gallery


    "We must stay united, we must stay strong, and we must stay Canada."says Minister of Canadian Heritage

    A moment of silence was held inside the Canada Council for the Arts on Elgin Street at noon Monday as an expression of peace and solidarity following the attacks in Paris, Beirut and elsewhere in the world. Approximately 300 people, members of the arts community and the general public, gathered at Âjagemô gallery in downtown Ottawa this morning.

        "We must stay united, we must stay strong, and  we must stay Canada."
        - Melanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

    The Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly, attended the event and made brief remarks following a moment of silence at noon. Joly used the occasion to restate the federal government's commitment to bringing Syrian refugees to Canada, as the right thing to do.

    "It's important to show the entire country that we are united, although we are going through difficult times, and it's important to show that Canada is an inclusive society which will welcome great people who will be coming in soon, of course I'm talking about Syrian refugees," said Joly.

    Continue reading HERE.


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