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Sector News - February 2019

19 February 2019

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

Sector News - January 2019

15 January 2019

Take action – Province Cuts $15 Million to OTF budget

The government has just put your community at risk by withdrawing a promised $15 million to Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF); money that would have been granted out to community projects. Funding that would have strengthened communities won’t be distributed. Like funding to fix the ice rink roof, support a local festival, buy community play equipment, provide meals to vulnerable people, and create jobs. We don’t want to see this happen – and we don’t think you do, either. Read More

Alberta declares January the Month of the Artist 

“Alberta is the first province in Canada to dedicate a month to celebrate artists. It is a way to raise awareness of the challenges artists face and the value they bring to our province. Art is work. Art creates jobs, and art contributes to our growing economy.” So says Alberta Minister of Culture and Tourism Ricardo Miranda as the provincial government kicks off the endeavour. Read More

David Tsubouchi appointed to the Ontario Arts Council board of directors

David Tsubouchi of Baltimore, Ontario, was appointed to the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) board of directors in mid-December 2018. David is a former Ontario cabinet minister and MPP for Markham. Notably, he served as Ontario’s Minister of Culture under Premier Ernie Eves in 2003, having previously held several other cabinet posts. 

University of Waterloo researchers find that drawing is better than taking notes for memory retention

“The researchers say even four-second drawing can help people recall a word, and they believe the technique could be useful for people with dementia,” CBC reports. Read More

Sector News - December 2018

05 December 2018

Doctors Can Now Prescribe Visits to the ROM to Combat Anxiety

A group of Ontario community health centres are taking part in a pilot program that offers social and artistic remedies — including choir classes, fishing lessons, knitting and a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum — as an alternative treatment for certain health issues such as anxiety and loneliness. Read More

(FE)ST Tickets On Sale Now

The inaugural (FE)ST Festival & Events Symposium & Training event takes place January 24, 2019. Festival and event organizers can expect a full-day professional development event featuring two keynote speakers, breakout sessions and panel discussion on topics such as Diverisity and Inclusion, Healthy Workplace Culture, Event Security and Risk Management and Marketing and Promotion. Read More

Millennial Travel Program Results

In 2016, Destination Canada launched the Millennial Travel Program with Bell Media and 21 industry partners - a massive bilingual content campaign that would challenge Canadian millennials to explore Canada’s urban backstreets, communal hubs and rugged trails, and to create their own experiences along the way.  Read More

Works by Canadian Artists Featured at Art Basel in Miami

Some of the Canadian dealers, artists and projects around South Beach and its environs this week. Any significant Canadian sales reported by the international press will be noted in next week’s Canadian Artnews roundup. Read More

York Region Arts Council, YRAC

395 Mulock Drive,
Newmarket, ON. L3Y 4Y9

Phone: 905-726-3278
Fax: 905-726-2788

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