Open Letter to Minister Guilbeault: Reframing the Arts
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.