On Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018, over 100 arts advocates from across Canada traveled to Parliament Hill to deliver the messages of the Canadian Arts Coalition and to encourage continued investment to our vibrant and creative sector. Teams of advocates met with Parliamentarians in order to have productive discussions about our growing industry while expressing our specific and current needs from the Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Minister of Finance.
The Coalition’s messaging this year was focussed on addressing weak links in the creative value chain. In order to create synergies with previous federal investments, Arts Day delegates sought support in three areas:
- Arts presentation in Canadian communities;
- Training and internships; and,
- Charitable donation incentives.
In total, we had 94 meetings with 104 delegates representing 77 arts organizations. These messages were well received by 75 MPs of the Liberal, Conservative, NDP, Bloc, Green parties as well as 2 independent MPs and 17 Senators. We met with Ministers and/or staff from Canadian Heritage, Small Business and Export Development, National Revenue, Indigenous Affairs, Indigenous-Crown Relations, Refugees, Citizenship and Immigration, Tourism and La Francophonie, Environment and Democratic Institutions. Meeting highlights of the day were connecting with the Leader of the Green Party, advisors to the Leader of the Opposition and NDP, Heritage Parliamentary Secretary and Opposition Heritage critics for NDP and Bloc Quebecois.
A sincere thank you to all delegates who joined the Canadian Arts Coalition in Ottawa, representing artists and arts organizations from across the country! The significance of the arts was recognized as we saw a lot of support, appreciation, and curiosity from Parliamentarians.
The Canadian Arts Coalition would like to give a special thank you to all who attended our end of day reception. Thank you to Julie Dabrusin for hosting the event and to Kevin Loring and the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez who shared their stories and inspired a room of over 150 attendees with approximately twenty MPs and Senators. Ministers Ng and Bennett also joined us to celebrate another impassioned day of arts advocacy. As Minister Rodriguez pointed out, “A life without culture would be boring.”
The 2018 Arts Day on the Hill could not have been possible without the tireless work of our partners and sponsors. The Canadian Arts Coalition would like to recognize: the Canadian Arts Summit; the National Arts Centre; Sean Casey and Tara Mazurk at Global Public Affairs; Kate Cornell and Frédéric Julien for steering the Coalition forward as Co-Chairs; Monique Renaud, Ainslee Beer, and Mirette Shoeir on the Communications Committee; Hamal Docter, Sarah Iley, Sara Meurling, and Frédéric Julien on the Messaging Committee, Kate Cornell, Sara Meurling, and Brenda Leadley on the Casting Committee; Mélanie Bureau, Andrew Giguère, Frédéric Julien on the Logistics Committee; Lesley Bramhill as the Coalition Coordinator; and ViaRail, West Jest, and Beau’s Brewery for sponsoring Arts Day on the Hill 2018.