Calling all arts advocates! In preparation for the next federal budget, we want to talk to Members of Parliament in all 308 ridings and we need your help.
You can get involved in several ways:
- – Meet with your MP
- – Send your MP a message using social media
And we have all the tools you need right here!
Because of the prorogation of Parliament, Arts 308 is replacing our regular Arts Day on the Hill. Arts advocates are encouraged to set up meetings between now and the Christmas holidays because this is when most decisions about the budget are made. If that’s too tight a timeline, any time before the budget is released in March is also helpful.
Recommendations of the Canadian Arts Coalition
Arts 308 is advocating the three recommendations made by the Canadian Arts Coalition in our pre-budget submission:
Recommendation One: Stimulate job creation and local economic development by increasing the annual Parliamentary allocation to the Canada Council for the Arts by a minimum of 10% in 2014-15.
Recommendation Two: We recommend that the government renew investments in the Canada Funds first announced in 2009, including the Arts Training Fund, the Arts Presentation Fund, the Cultural Spaces Fund and the Cultural Investment Fund. We further recommend that the impact of these programs be sustained by indexing the investment to the annual cost of living.
Recommendation Three: Align Canada’s cultural diplomacy strategy with Canada’s Global Commerce Strategy, and capitalize on opportunities to promote Canadian values as well as business and cultural interests in key markets by investing $5 million per year over 5 years in support of artistic and cultural market development initiatives in Canada and abroad.