Friday, March 17, 2017

A manifesto for the arts in the digital era

Simon Brault, the Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts,

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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. ...

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