Monday, April 21, 2008

A Brief History of Status of the Artist in Canada

Updated April 2008

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In the development of arts and cultural policy in Canada the issue of artists’ access to social and economic benefits has been critical. A 1973 brief from the Canadian Conference of the Arts (CCA) pointed out the artist’s “real situation, is that of a beacon in intellectual circles but a pauper in practical terms”. By the 1970’s many forces became vocal on the issue of ‘status’ (1) or equity for artists.

International Action:
In the 70’s international forums began the call for examination of the status of the artist.

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