Bastien Gilbert, a founding member of the Canadian Arts Coalition, has stepped down from the Coalition’s steering committee, a position that he held since 2009. In his place, Lorraine Hébert, director of the Regroupement québécois de la danse (RQD) and Jennifer Dorner, director of Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) have both joined the steering committee. Other members include Katherine Carleton, director of Orchestras Canada, who will co-chair with Eric Dubeau, Director of the Fédération culturelle canadienne-française (FCCF); Sarah Iley, director of cultural services at the City of Calgary, Shannon Litzenberger, consultant and independent choreographer based in Toronto and Melissa Gruber, communications agent at CARFAC. The Canadian Arts Coalition is responsible for organising the yearly Arts Day on the Hill, an activity that has contributed, among other things, in preserving Canada Council’s budgets.
The next Day on the Hill is scheduled to take place on 22 October 2013.
For a brief overview of the 2013 federal budget, see the Coalition’s press release here.