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Sector News - March 2019

06 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. 
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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

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

York Region Arts Council, YRAC

395 Mulock Drive,
Newmarket, ON. L3Y 4Y9

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

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