Simon Brault, the Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts, canadacouncil.ca
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Together, we must seize every opportunity to place the arts at the heart of society. We must underscore their fundamental contribution to culture, democracy. The emancipation of individuals and groups that are marginalized, discriminated against or excluded. Reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, social cohesion, diversity, education, the environment, economic development, trade and public diplomacy. And to do this, that contribution must be well understood, intensified and sustained in the long term.
Once again, public support for the arts in the digital era must be a genuine social contract. It has to be promoted not just by artists and funding agencies, but also by citizens and the various bodies of civil society – all recognizing the arts as a pillar of human development. ...
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."