Sector News - March 2019
York Region Arts Council (YRAC) Says Goodbye to Executive Director
It is with a heavy heart and much gratitude that we announce Samantha Wainberg has left the position of Executive Director for the York Region Arts Council to pursue a new opportunity as of March 4, 2019. Read More
Canada Needs a More Robust Strategy on Cultural Diplomacy
Why international relations will be a big focus for Simon Brault, the newly reappointed Canada Council director, in his second term. Read More
Shadowpath Theatre Company and York Region Arts Council Release Creative Space Feasibility Study
This report and action plan is the culmination of 12 months of research referred to as the York Region Creative Space Feasibility Study. This study was funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) and was conducted in collaboration between two independent non-profit charitable organizations, Shadowpath Theatre Productions and the York Region Arts Council (YRAC), who have a mandate to serve York Region artists and engage citizens in local arts experiences. The intention of the study is to explore potential solutions to gaps in creation
and presentation spaces that local arts professionals currently face. Read Report
New Director Named for the National Gallery of Canada
The new director of the National Gallery of Canada has been announced. The CBC reported early this morning that it had learned the directorship would be going to Alexandra Suda. Suda is the first woman in more than 20 years to lead the NGC—the last one was Shirley Thomson, who departed the gallery in 1997. Read More
Governor General's Award Winners Announced
The winners of the 2019 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts were released early this morning. In total, seven artists and one curator are being honoured.
The media the winners work in vary widely—from glass art to boreal-forest poetry to nationwide billboard exhibitions. And the themes they have addressed span a wide range as well, including residential-school injustices, AIDS impacts, the Komagata Maru incident, and more. Read More
More Youth Visit Art Galleries
In his 20 years as an arts researcher, Kelly Hill of Hill Strategies Research has read—and written—a lot of studies on cultural participation and engagement.
But when Hill was examining new data recently to complete a just-released study on arts audiences in Canada, he found some of his own expectations upended.
“A stunning finding of this report is that youth tend to attend a lot of different arts forms in higher proportions than older people,” says Hill, “which kind of flips our expectations of who goes to arts events.” Read More
The York Region Arts Council is a non-profit, charitable umbrella organization that serves to advance, promote, represent and connect the arts community across the region.