Canadian Government to Invest $1.9B in the Arts Over the Next Five Years
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
The Canada Council for the Arts, Canada's national public arts funder, has doubled the arts budget in hopes to nurture creativity in business, find applications in therapeutic treatment, offer pathways toward self-determination and a shared sense of belonging.
Simon Brault, Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts comments on the major transformation:
"Today, I know that we can begin writing a new chapter on the artistic and cultural history of this country – our history. A chapter that restores to the First Nations, Inuit and Métis people the place that has been denied them, reflects the diversity of our population, encourages young people to be the custodians of our future, and invites artists, philosophers, scientists and intellectuals to share their creativity and passion with each of us. A movement has begun, and we are all invited to join it, and the millions of individuals who are enriching our culture of diversity."
"A little over 18 months ago, the Canada Council for the Arts began a major transformation. At the heart of this transformation are artists, arts organizations and the entire population. It goes without saying that we considered society as a whole. We are, after all, a public arts funding agency operating in a democracy. Our purpose is to ensure that the arts strive for excellence, and that they nourish our confidence in the humanity and freedom that allows us to flourish as a people and as individuals."
"For almost 60 years, the Canada Council for the Arts has supported artistic excellence. Today it is committed to increasing tenfold the benefits the arts bring to our lives. I invite you to this historic rendezvous with our future – a future where art is each and every one of us, together."
Read more about Canada's Investment in the Arts.