The impact of the increased permanent funding of $30 million to the Canada Council for the Arts will soon become evident.
We are optimistic that this new funding will be felt and appreciated by Canadians as the improved breadth, depth and scope of quality artistic opportunities is seen across the country.
But we all know that $30 million is not enough. The Canada Council action plan makes clear that much remains to be done to fully realize the potential benefits the Canadian arts community holds for Canadians. To move forward, the Canadian Arts Coalition needs to remain active. Directed by a volunteer steering committee, the work of the Coalition is largely being driven by in-kind contributions. As we prepare for a federal election, and other important opportunities to raise the issue of the need for enhanced support to the arts in Canada, we need to replenish the kitty.
Conference calls, website maintenance, and other communications expenses are currently being shared by the Steering Committee members. As well, the Canadian Conference of the Arts is contributing secretariat services for the Canadian Arts Coalition. Moreover, we know we need to do more to be ready to move beyond the ‘quiet stage’ to reach out to you and other supporters of the Canadian Arts Coalition. So now it’s your turn. We ask you to consider making a financial contribution to the Canadian Arts Coalition.
A number of organizations, including Association nationale des éditeurs de livres, Canadian Arts Summit, Canadian Dance Assembly, Culture Montreal, PACT, Opera.ca, among others have already come forward with contributions. Please join us as we lay the groundwork for the next campaign. We appreciate that different organizations have different means. That said, the bar has been set in the range of about $1000-$1500 per organization. Smaller amounts have been received, and again, all are encouraged to give according to their means.
Please add your voice, and your support to the Canadian Arts Coalition!
PLEASE SEND YOUR DONATION TO: Andrew Wilhelm-Boyles, Alliance for Arts and Culture, Suite 100 – 938 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1N9 firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 604.681.3535 ext. 209, Fax: 604-681-7848