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2012 Creative City Summit in Victoria, BC
October 21 - 23, 2012
Join municipal and community practitioners from across Canada for an informative and engaging Summit about local cultural development and planning. Through inspirational and practical examples from real communities, this Summit will uncover who is integrating affordable spa
ce into new developments, holding one-night only events, finding unconventional places for public art, re-purposing spaces, and taking over abandoned storefronts.
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CALL FOR PHOTOGRAPHY
Members of the Creative City Network of Canada are invited to submit photos of your municipality. Over the summer CCNC is developing a new website. The design of this site is image-based and will highlight arts, culture and heritage in your communities. Please send photos of public art, galleries, performance venues, festivals and events, historic buildings, and other photos related to the arts, culture and heritage in your municipality. Please source large, high res JPEGs, at least 1600x1000 pixels. Photo credits should be name and location only. Send to: email@example.com Subject Line: Member Website Photos
Cultural Capitals of Canada cancelled at the end of the 2012/2013 fiscal year
Canadian Heritage - As part of Budget 2012, the Cultural Capitals of Canada component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund will be cancelled at the end of the 2012–2013 fiscal year. Therefore, the Cultural Capitals of Canada designations of 2012 were the final communities to receive awards. Forty two communities have been recognized as Cultural Capitals of Canada since the creation of the program in 2002.
The unexpected merits of Toronto's condo boom
Globe and Mail, May 11, 2012, TORONTO - [...] A deal approved this month will see a local developer build a 36,000-square-foot Art Hub in the lower floors of a new condo at Lisgar and Queen streets. Seven non-profit groups specializing in film, video, photography and animation will make up the Toronto Media Arts Cluster, occupying a dramatic new space that will feature a 200-seat cinema. The artists, previously scattered around the city and often struggling to cover the rent, will get a permanent home worth millions. The developer, in exchange, will get to build a few extra floors on his condo. Cost to the city government: zero.
Edmonton Public Art new online gallery
EAC, May 28, 2012, EDMONTON - City of Edmonton Public Art Collection new online gallery. The Edmonton Arts Council launched this new interactive gallery showcasing the city's growing public art collection.
North Van arts office drafting new cultural plan
North Shore Outlook, April 25, 2012 - The Arts Office hosted an event, the World Café, aimed at getting the opinions of North Vancouverites on issues the organization should incorporate into its new arts and culture plan. Since January, The Arts Office — an agency based in Lynn Valley tasked with developing and promoting the arts in the city and district — began work on a plan that will guide the local arts and culture industry through 2025. The last time such a document was drafted was in 2002, but arts office director Ian Forsyth told The Outlook [...] the time was right for a new plan because both municipalities have undertaken updates to their Official Community Plans in recent years.
Yukon artists participate in milestone exhibition of Canadian art
WHITEHORSE—The work of three Yukon artists is being featured in Oh, Canada
, a major exhibition of Canadian art which opened on May 26 at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MassMoCA). “Oh, Canada
is an unprecedented opportunity to showcase Yukon artists to an international audience,” Tourism and Culture Minister Mike Nixon said. “The exhibition is significant both for the professional development of the selected artists, and for the inclusion of Yukon art in discussions of contemporary art history.”
Hamilton artists leading downtown's rebirth
CBC, May 4, 2012, HAMILTON - Christoph Benfey never thought he'd find himself in downtown Hamilton. Now he can't imagine being anywhere else. The photographer and videographer used to be based in Toronto. Now he owns Low Key Studio, a studio and gallery located on Ferguson Avenue South in a spacious old building filled with natural light and hardwood floors. The City of Hamilton's downtown employment statistics survey shows that 320 of the 330 new jobs downtown in 2011 were in creative industries. Benfey was one of them. [...] "I pay a fraction of the money to operate a studio here as I would in Toronto," Benfey said. "Right from the get-go, that makes it easier to stay afloat."
Regina to take direct control of Evraz Place
CBC News, May 26, 2012, REGINA - The city of Regina is planning to take full control of the exhibition association that operates the facilities at Evraz Place, the main exhibition grounds. Currently, a 400-member organization — the Regina Exhibition Association Limited, or REAL — controls Evraz Place. It leases land, owned by the city, for $1 per year and operates several sporting venues and exhibition halls, as well as an annual summer fair. According to materials prepared for a Monday night meeting of Regina city council, the value of the land and buildings currently controlled by REAL is over $100 million.
Major Public Art Piece Installed Downtown
May 14, 2012, WINNIPEG - A new public art piece was installed over the weekend at the Millennium Library in downtown Winnipeg. Called Emptyful, the piece was created by Vancouver artist Bill Pechet and stands 35-feet tall. It’s the largest public art project in Winnipeg to date.
Canadian Urban institute study praises London’s downtown
Metro, May 16, 2012, LONDON - London has fared well in a new study of investment return in Canadian cities’ downtowns. The independent study by the Canadian Urban Institute, titled The Value of Investing in Canadian Downtowns, examined 10 downtowns: Halifax, Fredericton, Ottawa, Toronto, London, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Victoria. [...] The study also praised London for “bold and innovative” civic investments totaling $174 million to build the John Labatt Centre, Covent Garden Market, convention centre and central library.
Seniors float above Montreal's Quartier Latin
CBC, May 26, 2012 - A spectacle this weekend in Montreal's Quartier Latin will have people craning their heads skyward. Men and women, all of them senior citizens, will be indulging in their favourite hobbies, but perched on chairs suspended on the sides of buildings, five metres above the ground . Called X-Fois Gens Chaise, the performance art piece is taking place over four days as part of the Festival TransAmérique. German theatre director Angie Hiesl called for volunteers to take up positions on 10 chairs in one Montreal neighbourhood, with the only requirement that they not be afraid of heights.
Vancouver Announces New Arts Council
VANCOUVER - On May 23, the City of Vancouver announced the launch of its new Arts Council, with members chosen from 199 applicants. The council will report directly to City Council on issues, policies and priorities concerning Vancouver’s arts and cultural communities. The Council will meet six times a year and is mandated to: Advise Council and staff on arts and cultural services and programs; Act as a conduit for feedback from the public to the City on civic arts and culture services; Deal with related matters referred by City Council or staff; and, Engage in outreach and public awareness in respect to civic arts and culture services and programs.
Multicultural plan takes off for City
May 14, 2012, NORTH BAY - The cultural round table for North Bay has been announced and has begun to work on implementing the municipal cultural plan that was unveiled late last year.The purpose of the Round Table is to interpret the Cultural Plan and advise the municipality on how to proceed with cultural endeavours. The Cultural Plan is a lengthy document that works as a framework for the arts and culture sectors.
Latest commissions further enhance City's growing Public Art Collection
May 16, 2012, CALGARY - The City’s Public Art Collection will soon grow to include two more internationally recognized artists thanks to the latest commissions made by The City’s Public Art Program and the department of Transportation. The artist team of inges idee has been chosen to create a bold, site-specific public artwork as part of the 96 Avenue N.E. extension. Based out of Berlin, this team has worked on over 200 projects, competitions and commissions since 1992, with more than 50 projects realized as permanent artworks in international locations including Germany, France, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Canada, Singapore, Taiwan and Japan.
Program puts art in the public eye
Times Colonist, May 27, 2012, VICTORIA - Europe has a reputation for nurturing its artists. It's something retired real estate agent Kerry Liggins noticed on her regular trips to France - in the open-air markets, in the buzzing gallery atmosphere. She discussed it with friend Barbara Adams, who ran a self-funded art program at Monterey School. [...] They got in touch with Martin Leclerc, general manager of the Fairmont Empress hotel, who invited portrait artist David Goatley to be artist-in-residence there late in 2010. The result is Artishow, the second annual artist-in-residence program that the two volunteers co-ordinated with hotels in downtown Victoria.
Transforming St. George's Square in downtown Guelph
May 11, 2012, GUELPH – For the next three months, bus shelters in the Square will be transformed into pop-up art galleries showing the work of local artist Ella Dawn McGeough. The colourful artworks will playfully promote discussion about transformation and transition. [...] "This innovative project will get people thinking about other new and exciting things we can do in St. George’s Square," said Ian Panabaker, corporate manager, downtown renewal. "As more people explore and experience the square in new and different ways, we expect to hear some great ideas for renewing and revitalizing this important community space."
Government Invests in Prince Edward Island’s Economy
Canadian Heritage, CHARLOTTETOWN, May 23, 2012 - New investments in arts, culture, and official languages are helping to stimulate the economy and create jobs in Prince Edward Island. Support for 23 projects was announced today by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. The funding supports groups across the province that provide PEI’s residents and visitors with rich cultural experiences, while boosting tourism throughout the Island. The Government of Canada has provided total funding of $1,092,983 through the following programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage: the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program, the Official Languages Support Programs, the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, and the Canada Cultural Investment Fund.
Historic mural installed
May 14, 2012, RED DEER - The Water Treatment Plant is home to a new historic mural capturing the development of the plant site over two centuries. The City of Red Deer, with support from Red Deer’s Heritage Preservation Committee, coordinated the images and text for the mural, which is approximately 60 feet long by 8 feet high. Local design firm, Redpoint Design, created the graphic design for the mural using images from the Provincial Archives of Alberta and the Red Deer & District Archives.
City Enhances Plan for Arts and Culture in Surrey
May 29, 2012 SURREY – The City of Surrey has a new and enhanced focus on arts, culture and heritage preservation following the adoption of two key strategic plans at last night’s Council meeting. The Surrey Cultural Plan and Surrey Public Art Plan will guide community planning and development, and are designed to create a more dynamic city.“Our new Cultural Plan will create a more vibrant, cohesive city, and provides us with the tools we need to enrich our cultural programs and services,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “We want to build iconic art, create a sense of community, and ensure that cultural industries continue to be a significant component of our local economy.”
Small grants make big difference in artists' lives
Vancouver Courier, May 25, 2012 - Mike Voskamp couldn't pay for a website to showcase his artwork, but with a $1,000 grant from the Vancouver Foundation, the man who's often called Cowboy Mike because of his ever-present cowboy hat now has one under construction. Voskamp is one of 67 artists that each received $1,000 from the Vancouver Foundation's DTES Small Arts Grants project this year. [...] The Vancouver Foundation wanted to apply the success of its Neighbourhood Small Grants program, which gives up to $500 to residents for community initiatives, to another realm when the Carnegie Community Centre proposed providing grants to the plethora of artists who live, work or play in the Downtown Eastside.
Museums and the Making of Meaning: Keynote Address to CMA Conference On the Edge!
Robert Sirman, Director and CEO Canada Council for the Arts, April 25, 2012 - With your indulgence I would like to weave several themes into my remarks this morning. The current state of public support for culture is on everyone’s mind in the sector. So too is an interest in forging the strongest possible narrative to communicate what the sector brings to society – what I like to think of as our take on Milton’s “justify(ing) the ways of God to men.” And of course one can hardly address a CMA conference without speaking about museums.Replace this paragraph with your article text. You can also modify the link below to point to your website or place where additional information can be found
Manitoba Arts and Cultural Alliance
Congratulations to the Manitoba Arts and Cultural Alliance, the new umbrella organization for art, culture and heritage. The Manitoba Arts and Cultural Alliance was created in 2012 to advance arts, culture, heritage and creativity in this province. MACA believes arts and culture are crucial to Manitoba’s prosperity and quality of life. MACA will devise ways to advance the creative sector and promote more participation and engagement.
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Louvre Museum & Nintendo join forces to release the audio guide Louvre-Nintendo 3DS
Artdaily, May 1, 2012, LONDON - As part of an ongoing partnership between Nintendo Co., Ltd and the Louvre Museum in Paris, [...] Nintendo will be providing the Louvre with Nintendo 3DS systems that will house an exclusive audio guide. The Audio guide Louvre - Nintendo 3DS will become available in the Louvre for visitors to enjoy from 11th April 2012 onwards. With this partnership, Nintendo & the Louvre hope that visitors to the museum will be aided with a tool to deepen their knowledge of art culture in a fun and interactive way.
Polish Orchestra Plays Mozart's Requiem In Protest
Huff Post, May 29, 2012, WARSAW, Poland — A Polish opera house has performed Mozart's Requiem – a funeral piece – in front of the Culture Ministry in Warsaw to protest cuts to its budget. The Chamber Opera's orchestra, choir and soloists performed Tuesday to the hearty applause of hundreds of people. A large banner saying, "Minister, Only You Can Save the Chamber Opera," hung above the artists.
A Public Sculpture That Moans and Howls in the Wind
Atlantic Cities, John Metcalfe, May 30, 2011 - Appreciators of fine art often talk about certain works "speaking to" them. Well, U.K. artist Luke Jerram has created a piece that speaks to people. It says: EEEErrrrrooommmAAAAAhhhh. "Aeolus" is a 20-foot tall, 10-ton metal arch sprouting a spiny armor of more than 300 sound tubes. The public sculpture harnesses the vagaries of the wind to make spooky music that gets under your skin.
The art of programming by accident
The Guardian, May 31, 2012 - [...] It's an old cliché that if you don't try you don't get, but it's a cliché for a reason in this context: if you don't put yourself out there and strive for the best you'll never succeed. It's a principal very much evident in the work we've been programming and one that I eventually followed myself. It's also important to keep in mind the audience you are programming the work for. I realised very quickly that although something may not be to my taste, it doesn't mean it isn't valid for a platform in this festival and for our audience. If I'm being honest, at times we were fumbling around in the dark, hoping to hit the right stretch. Giving 21 young producers the task of programming whatever they want for London's largest performance venues isn't going to come without its near misses.
Huff Post Blog, April 16, 2012 - It is difficult to read much about the arts these days without running into a discussion about engaging audiences as if this were a new concept or imperative. It is ironic to me that this topic is the focus of so much current attention since, for decades, the mission statements of most not-for-profit arts organizations include explicit mention of the desire to influence, educate, inspire or entertain specific audiences -- in other words, to engage them.
The newest cool arts hobby: going pro
Globe and Mail, Sunday, May. 20, 2012 - By day, Christina Wolf is the chief economist for the British Columbia Securities Commission. By night, the 42-year-old violinist is a dedicated amateur musician who is looking forward to performing Offenbach, Bruch and Dvorak at her next concert with the West Coast Symphony in Vancouver.
Taking the Art World Approach: Evaluating Public Art as an Investment
Artsblog, by Brandi Reddick, May 16, 2012 - The idea of art as an investment is by no means a new concept. Art collectors jet set to major fairs in Hong Kong, Basel, and Sao Paulo hoping to secure their next big investment purchase; gallery owners and curators are constantly on the scout to discover the “next big artist”; and auction houses are drawing in record sales for artworks. As administrators of public art, it is vital that we take some clues from the art world and evaluate public art as an investment for our community and start scouting for that “next big artist” who lives and works in our community.
The case for cultural learning
Last year the Cultural Learning Alliance published ImagineNation: the Case for Cultural Learning – a document which laid out compelling evidence and arguments for why every child should have access to the arts and heritage. It also explained how culture can unlock learning, explore identity, build knowledge, generate wealth and create community.
Governors Look to Arts, Culture and Design to Boost Economic Growth
NGA, April 30, 2012 WASHINGTON—With concerns over job creation and business growth holding a prominent—and persistent—position on policy agendas today, governors are increasingly finding innovative ways to support economic growth, according to a new report out today from the National Governors Association (NGA). New Engines of Growth: Five Roles for Arts, Culture, and Design focuses on the role that arts, culture and design can play in governors’ policies to create jobs and boost their economies in the short run and transition to an innovation-based economy in the long run.
The Rise of the Temporary City
Atlantic Cities, May 1, 2012 - At Boxpark, in London's Shoreditch neighborhood, sixty shipping containers have been turned into shops with three or five-year leases. Opened in November 2011 on a site that is expected to be under construction by 2016, it's been called the world's first temporary mall, and exists in large part due to the open-mindedness of the landowners. [...] Architect Magazine says the many massive stalled development projects across American cities "resemble lunar craters, spreading over entire city blocks." Temporary uses are generally eco-friendly. And all variety of creative industries, from advertising to art, fashion to film, music, performing arts, and gaming, understand their appeal.
Creative Placemaking Has an Outcomes Problem
Createquity, By Ian David Moss, May 9th, 2012 - [...] To most in the arts community, Stolarick is better known as Richard Florida’s longtime right-hand man and research collaborator on his bestselling book, The Rise of the Creative Class. Stolarick, who first met Florida just after the academic had cashed the first check for the advance from Basic Books, proceeds to recount how the book’s success led to an explosion of interest from mayors all around the country wanting to redefine their cities as welcoming meccas for Florida’s new Starbucks-drinking, jeans-wearing idea people. Unfortunately, the mayors’ collective interpretation of the lessons from Florida’s book boiled down to, “all we need is to get us some gays and artists and a bike path or two, and our problems will be solved! The problem,” Stolarick tells us, a decade after The Rise of the Creative Class’s publication, “is that it’s a trap.”
What Critics Get Wrong About Creative Cities
Atlantic Cities, Richard Florida, May 30, 2012 - Last week, a post over at Forbes blared the headline “Richard Florida is Wrong About Creative Cities." The post, written by Adam Ozimek of the Modeled Behavior blog, reviews University of California Berkeley economist Enrico Moretti's book The New Geography of Jobs. Moretti’s book devotes several hundred pages to the roles that clustering and concentration play in innovation, firm formation, and job creation, echoing observations made by Michael Porter, Edward Glaeser, and me. Then, in about two or three pages, he criticizes my alleged theory that, as Ozimek puts it, “making a city an interesting place to live is a good prescription for economic development.” Pointing to Seattle and Berlin, Moretti declares that I essentially get “causation backwards.”
Audience Engagement-Community Engagement
Arts Journal, By Doug Borwick, May 13, 2012 - OK, I lied. I said I wasn’t going to post while in Singapore, but I worked on this on the way here and I can’t make myself wait. Last week, Karina Mangu-Ward from EmcArts contacted me asking if I would review their Audio Postcards featuring the audience engagement efforts of arts organizations in Cleveland. Harried though I was in preparing for the trip, I agreed to do so as soon as time allowed. I’m glad I did. Watching those short descriptions of the work of 12 organizations helped clarify for me some of the issues I have had around the word engagement. In the recent past, I have written several times here about audience development, audience engagement, and community engagement. And at least some commenters have taken me to task about the words and phrases used.
7th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research
Barcelona, Spain, 9-12 July 2012
Organized by the Center for the Study of Culture, Politics and Society (CECUPS), University of Barcelona, in collaboration with the International Journal of Cultural Policy, ICCPR 2012 is intended to address the challenge of rethinking cultural policy analysis from the broader parameters of the relationship between culture and politics. The relationship between culture, politics, and cultural politics will thus be addressed in its entirety.
Culture Matters 2012
Capturing the Social and Economic Value of Cultural Heritage: Perspectives and Projects from Across Europe Norwich, United Kingdom, on 14-16 November 2012
The conference is aimed at practitioners and academics who work in heritage, culture, tourism, regeneration, planning and community organisations, including fundraisers, project managers, development managers, engagement and outreach managers, marketing managers, policy-makers, budget-holders, politicians and researchers.
The Stratford Report: Arts And Culture At The Digital Crossroads
This year’s STRATFORD REPORT focuses on the arts and culture sector, with informed contributions by those active in the various arts and cultural disciplines. This focus is both deliberate and strategic. As our authors make clear, the arts, and especially music, have been the canaries in the digital mine. Their traditional business models have been disrupted and transformed. Their ways of creating and imagining artistic expression have been impacted. Their interaction with audiences, local, national and international, has shifted. The commercial infrastructure has undergone painful restructuring. As they emerge from the digital mine, they remain beautiful and engaging; their songs as sweet but they are no longer canaries.
The Distinct Role of Artist-Run Centres in the Visual Arts Ecology
This study identifies the various roles and mandates of artist–run centres (ARCs) as distinct from other visual arts organizations in such areas as public engagement, community arts, critical writing, multidisciplinary activity, cultural diversity and Aboriginal engagement. It documents the current situation of artist-run centres based on existing literature and data, and new information collected from centres via a survey.
Creative Partnerships: Intersections between the arts, culture and other sectors
IFACCFA - The objective of the research project was to look at the ways that artists are working in diverse settings (from communities through to the commercial sector) and the nature of partnerships ('intersections') that exist between the arts and other sectors. It also looked at the ways that governments at all levels (local, national, international) initiate, support or influence such relationships through policies or programmes.
Digital Connections: Social Media for Municipalities & Municipal Politicians
Social media: everyone’s using it today. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, blogs, and photo/video sharing sites. These and other services have literally hundreds of millions of users. But what does it mean for your municipality? Or for you as a municipal politician?
(2012) ISBN 978-1-926843-02-5 – CHADWICK Item 0076 Publication date: May 2012
Literary Tourist is a website designed to help book lovers plan their trips. In aid of this they've compiled and made available databases containing thousands of bookstores, and literary locations, pastimes and events from all around the world. They've recently started working with cities and tourism offices helping them to identify and promote their literary assets.
Value and Benefits of Presenting Highlighted in Interim Report of Findings
This Interim Report of Findings consolidates the facts and figures into a single narrative. Additionally, it presents a profile of the performing arts presenting ecology as a whole and highlights how several groups of presenters are distinct; for instance, those presenting works for aboriginal communities, francophone minority (those operating outside Quebec) and those in rural and remote communities.
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