The Arts, Business and National Purpose: A Framework for Building the Arts

Posted May 2nd, 2014 in Article by Doug Black

As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, the arts are vital to Canada’s prosperity. They benefit our economy and support the high quality of life that all Canadians have come to expect and enjoy. Encouraging a vibrant arts sector will help build a better Canada.

As a lifelong supporter of the arts, I am calling for a national framework to help build Canada as an arts nation. I call this Arts, Business and National Purpose. I look forward to working with Canadians and my colleagues in Parliament to advocate for policies that will help our arts community meet its full potential.

The arts is a thriving industry in Alberta

Posted April 9th, 2014 in blog by Doug Black

Alberta BalletRevenues for performing arts in Alberta are up 40 per cent compared to eight years ago, according to an article by Todd Hirsch, the chief economist for ATB Financial.

According to Statistics Canada, this revenue amounted to $133.2 million in 2012. This demonstrates how arts organizations and businesses play a significant role in our economy by attracting and retaining talent from around the world and adding to the quality of life in our cities and communities. Continue Reading »

Winners Announced for Governor General Awards in Visual and Media Arts

Posted March 8th, 2014 in blog by Doug Black

Canada Council for the Arts logo

Last Tuesday, the Canada Council for the Arts announced the winners of the 2014 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts.

Created in 1999, the awards celebrate Canada’s vibrant arts community and recognize remarkable careers in the visual and media arts.

The Canada Council for the Arts announced today the winners of the 2014 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts. This year’s winners are:

Congratulations to this year’s winners for their outstanding contributions to our art and culture scene.

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Tour of the Canada Council Art Bank

Posted November 20th, 2013 in blog by Doug Black

Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 8.19.08 PMOn November 7th, I had the great privilege of touring the Canada Council Art Bank in Ottawa.

The Art Bank was established in 1972 to raise awareness of the remarkable breadth and quality of Canadian art being produced at the time.  The aim was to purchase works and make them available to the Canadian public.

Since then, Canadian art continues to grow and earn acclaim nationally and on the world stage.  The Art Bank collection has grown too—it now includes 17,000+ paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures by over 3,000 emerging and established artists, including those from Aboriginal and culturally diverse backgrounds. Indeed, it has become the world’s largest collection of contemporary Canadian art and is currently valued at over $71 million. Continue Reading »