Last week, the Canadian Arts Coalition, a national non-partisan arts advocacy movement in which Orchestras Canada has played a leading role since 2005, held a pair of town hall teleconference meetings with stakeholders from across the country.
During the calls, Coalition co-chairs Katherine Carleton and Eric Dubeau
• presented an update on the Coalition’s current finances (modest, but viable – with a significant proportion of the “budget” represented by in-kind contributions) and activities (limited, but focused);
• proposed an expanded activity plan for 2013-14, to include a pre-budget brief to the federal Standing Committee on Finance, the fourth annual Arts Day on Parliament Hill (tentatively scheduled for October 22, 2013), and some new activities as well: the commissioning of an analysis of federal cultural spending (continuing the work of the Canadian Conference of the Arts, during that organization’s current dormancy), hosting monthly teleconferences for arts advocates across the country, and generally working on convening the sector more regularly;
• asked for volunteers to serve on sub-committees for convening, research, and advocacy activities;
• asked members and supporters to make their pledges for 2013-14 by March 1, to enable the Coalition steering committee to finalize plans for the year.
Orchestras Canada has been a major contributor to the Canadian Arts Coalition during the CAC’s brief life span: we believe in the Coalition’s approach to advocacy, and we feel that the CAC has repeatedly demonstrated its effectiveness.
For more information about the Canadian Arts Coalition, please visit canadianartscoalition.com.