On Tuesday October 25, 2016, 160 arts advocates from across Canada traveled to Parliament Hill to deliver the three messages of the Canadian Arts Coalition. Together, these advocates spoke with Parliamentarians in order to:
1) Thank the Federal Government for increased investments in arts and culture in Budget 2016
2) Discuss how to leverage these investments for Canada’s Infrastructure Plan and for developing strong international market access, and
3) Ensure that Canadian artists are consulted during the current Digital Culture consultations.
These messages were well received by MPs of all parties. In total, we had 111 meetings, including 6 meetings with Ministers and 9 meetings with ministerial staff.
A sincere thank you to all those who joined the Canadian Arts Coalition in Ottawa, representing artists and arts organizations from across the country! The strength and diversity of our voices was affirmed as we thanked and celebrated Parliamentarians for their support of the arts and cultural sector, and challenged them to join us in shaping an even brighter future ahead.
The Canadian Arts Coalition would like to give a special thank you to the Honourable Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly, who met with the Coalition early in the day to discuss digital innovation in the arts. At the close of Arts Day, Minister Joly joined us for a cocktail reception where she was introduced with a passionate speech by dancer Nova Bhattacharya. Minister Joly equally inspired our arts advocates through her own speech about the place of the arts in the context of innovation and international reach. The reception was co-hosted by three members of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage: Julie Dabrusin, Peter Van Loan and Pierre Nantel.
Finally, we would like to thank our online advocates and supporters! At 12pm EST, the Canadian Arts Coalition hosted a Tweet Chat that reached the top five trending spot in Canada. Take a look at BookNet Canada’s recap of #artsconvo, as well as our own recap of the #ArtsDay action.
The 2016 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: Kate Cornell, Aviva Fleising and the Canadian Dance Assembly, Frédéric Julien and CAPACOA, the Canadian Arts Summit, the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT), CARFAC National, the National Arts Centre, Global Public Affairs, iPolitics, Via Rail, WestJet and Beau’s Brewery.
Here are some photos of Arts Day advocates in action:
And thanks to the Independent Media Arts Alliance for this wonderful video of Arts Day!