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Sector News - October 2018

04 October 2018

Mass Culture Gatherings

Mass Culture has received funding to develop and support a series of gatherings across Canada. These gatherings are supported by the generosity of the Toronto Arts Council through their Open Door program. Eleven conversations are currently in planning across the country, gathering artists, cultural workers, policy-makers, academics… to consider the gaps and needs in Canadian research and policy on topics ranging from cities as creative hubs, affordable housing for artists and professional development to well-being and creativity, social ROI and the impact of community arts.  Read More

Moving forward - Towards a Stronger Canadian Museum Sector 

A House of Commons committee put forth recommendations to Canada's federal government. Read More

Ontario Tourism Summit 2018

Gather with industry colleagues and tourism leaders for two days at Caesars Windsor to network, gain new insights, explore trending topics and celebrate excellence at the Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala.  Read More

The Ottawa Art Gallery has launched the publication and program Contemporary Indigenous Arts in the Classroom

The publication and program “aims to provide elementary and high school–level teachers with curriculum-linked lesson plans designed by contemporary Indigenous artists,” says a release. Read More

Take the Survey: Impact of Bill 148 on Ontario Business​

Please take TIAO short (10 questions) survey on how amendments to Ontario's employment standards, labour relations and occupational health and safety legislation (collectively called Bill 148) has impacted your business since January 1, 2018.

Ontario’s new rules - Cannabis legalization on Oct 17, 2018

Read up on rules for the workplace and where it can be used here.   

Vancouver painter Tyler Toews on his art career and living with schizophrenia

Living with and accepting his mental illness has helped this artist find creative fulfilment. Read More

Theatre Ontario Introduces Emergence 2.0

Two part event that features advocating for yourself and coffee date mentorship sessions. Read More

Sector News - September 2018

07 September 2018

40,000 sq ft TV and Film Facility Announced at TIFF in Markham

First Studio City is building a 400,000-square-foot film studio in the City of Markham, Mayor Frank Scarpitti announced Sept. 7. Read More

Do Canada's Art Laws Need to Change?

The nation’s major museums are pushing for a speedy appeal to a recent court ruling. But is it the ruling, or the law itself, that needs to change? Read More

Meet the Winners of the 2018 Canadian Art Writing Prize​

Critics from Toronto, Saskatoon and Vancouver make a strong showing in this year’s edition of the national art-writing prize. Read More

Latcham Art Centre Grand Opening

On August 23, Latcham Art Centre, formerly Latcham Gallery celebrated their grand opening at a their new location with their new name.  A reception was held in celebration and their premiere exhibition was opened, Jaime Angelopoulos and Derrick Piens: Anthropocene. Latcham Art Centre is now located on 2 Park Drive in Stouffville. Read More

Sector News - August 2018

09 August 2018

Cabinet Shuffle introduces new Minister of Heritage

On July 18, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced changes to the Liberal team in a cabinet shuffle. The new cabinet has 17 men and 17 women with several new additions to the team one of which being the new Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, Pablo Rodriguez. Minister Rodriguez takes the place of Minister Melanie Joly who was appointed as Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie. 

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.

Process and Policy Update for Final Reports on Grants

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is improving the process and clarifying the policy for grant recipients on submitting final reports. These changes were made possible thanks to the transfer of information from previous grants database to Nova, the online granting system. Learn More

How the new Creative Export Strategy affects the visual arts

Following former Heritage Minister Melanie Joly’s announcement of Creative Export Strategy in June the visual arts community has been waiting to see how this will effect them after there was no specific mention about Visual Arts in the announcement. A follow up with Canadian Heritage media relations clarified how the $125 million will be allocated and what this means for Canadian contemporary art. The $125 million will be spread out over five years with $25 million being disbursed each year. The new program promises to provide more options for international circulation beyond the existing Arts Abroad program of the Canada Council. Other benefits include access to knowledge and resources through cultural officers in Canadian embassies around the world and increased support for costs associated with travelling to International Art Fairs. We will stay tuned to see how the recent cabinet shuffle impacts this Strategy. Read the full article on Canadian Art.

Robert Lepage announces cancellation of Kanata project after co-producers withdraw. 

In a statement today, Lepage and his production company Ex-Machina say they are nixing planned presentations in Paris due to a lack of financial support,” reports the Globe and MailRead More

AGO Photography Prize Will Not Continue

An AGO spokesperson confirmed that 2017 was the prize’s final year. The spokesperson said there was no comment available on the matter, but indicated that a major symposium and publication accompanying the 2017 edition served as a suitable capstone to the endeavour. Read more

Emerging In the Industry: A Resource for New and Emerging Artists (Theatre Ontario Youth Advisory Committee)

Every person tackles the industry from a different background. Some find that formalized training institutions are for them; others not so much. Some come into working right out of high school, while others have experience working in another field. Either way, there are similar entry points and things to consider when starting out your career. 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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