What Artists and Art Organizations Need to Know About Budget 2018

The federal government’s 2018 budget was released with a big push on equity (or “Equality + Growth” as the actual title of the budget document begins). It’s a welcome theme for many in the arts community who have long been concerned about discrimination, harassment and unequal pay in the cultural sector and beyond. But at the same time, some were wondering where the arts were at all in the new budget. Here’s what some leading arts advocacy experts have identified as a few key wins and losses for Canada’s artists and arts organizations.


“As a female arts advocate, I am pleased to see this focus on women in Budget 2018,” says Kate Cornell of the Canadian Arts Coalition. “We were also encouraged by the funding to confront gender-based harassment”—even though, she notes, “we were hoping to see it addressed in the arts and culture sector specifically.” (Given recent high-profile harassment cases such as Albert Schulz at Soulpepper in Toronto, art collector Francois Odermatt in Montreal, and Michael Coleman at SchoolCreative: Institute of the Arts in Vancouver, a specific anti-harassment initiative in the arts is likely needed.)

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Source: Canadian Art

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