ARCA at Arts Day on Parliament Hill, October 21, 2014, Ottawa

The Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference (ARCA) is once again proud to be joining the Arts Day on the Hill campaign organised by the Canadian Arts Coalition. This advocacy action brings together arts leaders in all disciplines from across Canada. Participants, organised into smaller, mixed groups, meet with Senators, MPs and senior officials. The purpose of the meetings is to discuss the important role that federal policies and programs play in solidarity with our organisations. This year’s ARCA delegation includes Todd Janes, ARCA president and director of Latitude 53, Edmonton and Anne Bertrand, ARCA director.

The Canadian Arts Coalition prepares participants to meet and engage with parliamentarians to deliver key messages. ARCA encourages all artist-run centres interested in developing a closer relationship with local politicians at all levels of government to use either the Coalition’s version of the advocacy material, or use the material that will be adapted by ARCA shortly, and posted in our advocacy toolkit on our website.

In this year’s pre-budget submission to the House of Commons Finance Committee, the Canadian Arts Coalition recommends the following:

  • Recommendation One: Increase the Canada Council for the Arts’ Parliamentary appropriation by $35 million in 2015 with a long-term goal of reaching $300 million.
  • Recommendation Two: Increase Canada’s presence on the world stage for 2017 by establishing a $25 million pilot program over three years at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development for Canada’s 150th birthday.
  • Recommendation Three: Investigate new revenue models to support a comprehensive Canadian Cultural Digital Strategy that would enable the creation, dissemination and engagement of Canadian cultural content online.

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