Monday, April 21, 2008
A Brief History of Status of the Artist in Canada
Updated April 2008
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.
In the 70’s international forums began the call for examination of the status of the artist.