Open Letter to Minister Guilbeault: Reframing the Arts

May 12, 2021 by Brenda Leadlay, ED of the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture, and Judith Marcuse, Founder/Director of the International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC) News /


On May 7, 2021, a letter was sent to the Honourable Minister of Canadian Heritage, Steven Guilbeault, endorsed by organisations and individuals from across Canada. Reframing the Arts, proposes an expanded vision for arts and culture in Canada, as well as the creation of new policies vis-à-vis the community-engaged arts sector.

We are writing to request that you ensure that professional community-engaged arts, a discipline which is at the forefront of art and social engagement, is given the necessary support it deserves to play an important role in the well-being of Canadian society. The practice of community engaged art rarely fits within established funding programs because it moves across disciplines and sectors. Now, more than ever, the professionals who connect arts, community, and social engagement must see equitable access to federal programs.

We, the undersigned, feel compelled to offer an alternative, expanded vision for the arts in our country, one that responds more fully to the multiple challenges we are facing and that validates the central importance of creative expression within all sectors of our society.

Read the entire letter, including the list of endorsees and recipients, here.



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