A short while ago, I posted about the CCA (Canadian Conference of the Arts), which was founded 66 years ago to represent the interests of all Canadian artists and cultural professionals at the federal level. CCA was behind the creation of the Canada Council for the Arts, the federal Act on Status of the Artist, the creation of the Cultural Human Resources Council, to name but a few of its contributions. CCA intervenes regularly on our behalf in front of parliamentary committees and regulatory bodies and it supports cooperative work as in the case of the review of the Copyright Act.
The CCA has recently learned that the federal government has decided to end its decades-long funding to this organization. As a result, the CCA director has been on a road trip in various communities across Canada (including Calgary and Edmonton) to get a sense of how the organization should develop a new funding plan and possibly a new mandate. As part of this process, the CCA is looking for input from artists with regards to which services are most important for the organization to take on. The organization has generated a list of proposed services, and is also looking for artists to contribute to an online survey about these priorities. Please take a moment to fill out the survey:
The WGA is an organizational member of the CCA, so we will also be giving feedback from the organization’s perspective. But individuals can also hold memberships in the CCA. Here are some benefits of joining the organization:
- 35-50 bulletins per year, distributed by e-mail, presenting thorough and clear-sighted analyses of current events and issues impacting arts and culture in Canada.
- Opportunities to participate in topical teleconferences on important subjects;
- Invitations to play part in special committees and working groups on cultural policy issues;
- Discounted rates for registration in CCA conferences and special events, such as the National Conference, the Chalmers events and symposiums.
You can find more information about joining the CCA here.
In light of the government’s lack of support for the CCA, it seems all the more important for the arts community to step in and make sure we have a voice in arts advocacy at the federal level. Please consider supporting or learning more about this organization.