Ottawa announces $125 million over five years for Canadian arts & culture
Canada's powerhouse arts and culture sector will be receiving new support from Ottawa, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly announced June 26. Over the next five years, $125 million will be spent on domestic programs, expanding the eligible sectors that can receive money and helping artists export their work internationally. The investment recognizes the growing economic and cultural impact of Canada's arts and creative industries, which now represent 2.8 per cent of the country's GDP.
CultureDays Announces 2018 Theme On Beat
Presented by National Partner Sun Life Financial, OnBeat is a collective drumming and rhythm-inspired event bringing together thousands of Canadians from coast-to-coast both in-person and online to celebrate making the arts accessible, inclusive and fun!
Across the country, communities, organizations, and individuals are invited to participate in OnBeat by organizing drumming and/or rhythm-inspired events during Culture Days.
Statistics Canada launches new survey on the digital economy
Digital technologies are significant drivers of productivity, innovation and competitiveness, and are constantly reshaping the Canadian economy. As the global economy shifts towards digitalization, Statistics Canada is conducting a new survey to fill important data gaps about Canadians' activities and participation in the digital economy.
Study Tour engages cities in discussions on creative placemaking
Artscape, with support from the World Cities Culture Forum and Canada Council for the Arts, and in association with the City of Toronto, was pleased to host a week-long study tour titled, Innovations in Creative Space & Placemaking. From June 4 to 8, delegates discussed the impacts of this crisis on cultural capital and communities, share ideas and successful approaches to building and sustaining space for culture in urban communities and explored local examples of creative placemaking.
Culture Days OnBeat & Registration Webinar
The recording of #OnBeat and Registration Info Session is now available online. If you're new to Culture Days or need a refresher, we also review the registration process. Check it out!
To get #OnBeat with Culture Days, click here for more info, details and inspiration. You can download #OnBeat images to share on social media here.
Submit Nominations for Ontario Tourism Awards
The Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence celebrate success and recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to Ontario’s tourism industry. Awards are jointly presented by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO), Destination Ontario, the Culinary Tourism Alliance and Attractions Ontario across four respective categories:
• Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence (TIAO)
• Tourism Marketing & Travel Media Awards of Excellence (Destination Ontario)
• Culinary Tourism Awards of Excellence (CTA)
• Ontario's Choice Awards (Attractions Ontario)
Whitchurch-Stouffville publishes semi-annual Mandarin version of OTR
"On the Road to Whitchurch-Stouffville" is a business and tourism-oriented community newspaper, plus official town news. It is published monthly by the Economic Development Office for the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville. This edition is focused on farms, food and fun. Learn more
Bonnie Kraft Wins Town of Aurora Arts & Culture Awards
The Aurora Cultural Centre was pleased to share the news that Bonnie Kraft, Founding Director and Past President of the Board, has been conferred with the Town of Aurora Arts & Culture Award. Bonnie was awarded this honour during the Town of Aurora Community Awards on May 28 in Council Chambers.
Registration Now Open for OMA Annual Conference 2018
This year's OMA Conference theme Collaborating for Impact examines how museums can more effectively and efficiently serve the public through the establishment of dynamic and innovative partnerships with a variety of different actors both within and outside of the sector, including but not limited to: government, other cultural institutions, education, individuals, and non-profits.
Building on different examples of successful (or failed!) sectoral and non-sectoral models, Collaborating for Impact looks at the connections museums form in their communities and serves to provide a fresh approach to the role of museums in contemporary society. Learn More
Artscape Presents: Innovations in Creative Space and Placemaking Study Tour
Hosted by Artscape in association with the City of Toronto and World Cities Culture Forum, Innovations in Creative Space and Placemaking has been designed to help leaders unlock the creative potential of their communities.
Innovations in Creative Space and Placemaking is not a simple ‘show-and-tell’ study tour but a deeply immersive journey focusing on new approaches to building and sustaining space for culture. It features some of Toronto’s most interesting cultural spaces, and a highly accomplished roster of speakers and tour guides as well as impromptu performances. Wherever possible the program has been designed to be interactive, to take advantage of the leadership and experience that delegates will bring from many partsof the world. Lunches and dinners in extraordinary locations will allow delegates to reflect on what they have experienced with their peers and build lasting relationships. Learn More
Arts Development: Policies & Programs
Arts and culture contribute toward our oft-celebrated quality of life and the well-being of Ontarians. The Ontario culture strategy has helped set a new path forward for Ontario’s thriving culture sector. The implementation of the strategy is well underway and was informed by a robust consultative process.
The creative sector is underpinned by the innovative, quality work of Ontario artists. Our pluralistic culture makes Ontario a great place for creatives, and for creative industries, to invest and work.
We call on the Government of Ontario to…
Review the Ontario culture strategy every five years to ensure ongoing innovative artistic and cultural development is reflective of Ontario’s many peoples. Considerations may include:
- Inter-Ministerial collaboration (Seniors Affairs, Education, Health, etc.)
- Inter-governmental relations
- Province-wide arts engagement in a plurality of cultural expressions.
- Cultural economic development
- Skills training and career development to strengthen the cultural workforce
- Specialized pre-professional training for artists
- Policy renewal: Indigeneity, Franco-Ontarian, Racialized populations, diverse abilities, etc.
- Status of the Artist review and renewal
- Digital adaptation, etc.
Learn more: Connections and Resilience through the Arts
Ontario Supporting Tourism, Job Growth in the North
Ontario is helping communities create jobs and boost economic growth by supporting projects that will revitalize, expand and increase accessibility in the province's Northern tourism sector. Learn More