"Creativity is the greatest gift of human intelligence. The more complex the world becomes, the more creative we need to be to meet its challenges." Sir Ken Robinson
CAPACOA chose to open its pre-budget brief to the Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) earlier this month with these wise words, inviting policy makers and government to consider the creative economy not only as a vehicle for economic recovery, but as the means to achieve better overall quality of life for all Canadians. CAPACOA is encouraging FINA to look at “growth” in renewed ways and to define contemporary indicators. If the world is changing as we know it is, so too should the frameworks we have used for decades to quantify progress.
We also specify in the brief that arts presentation, specifically, generates additional economic and social outcomes such as the formation of innovative partnerships and revitalized, energized communities. Organizations with collaboration and community at their heart - such as
Culture Days, are excellent examples of how the arts serve and support the health of the nation. The third annual Culture Days weekend will take place September 28, 29 and 30, 2012, and will feature thousands of free, hands-on, interactive public activities.
While Culture Days celebrates its third edition, so too does the Canadian Arts Coalition and the annual Arts Day on Parliament Hill
taking place on Tuesday, October 23rd in Ottawa. The Coalition welcomes artists, board members of arts organizations and arts managers to make the trip to the nation’s capital to present the Coalition’s messages to MPs, senators and senior officials. Participate and help to emphasize for politicians the value the arts bring to Canadian communities, and the vital role that federal investment plays.
See you in September,
CAPACOA Urges the Government to Revisit Growth in Pre-Budget Brief
CAPACOA took a strong stance in favour of wellbeing in its annual federal pre-budget brief, submitted August 8:
"We are unlikely to witness the level of economic growth we have observed in past decades. Consequently, it may be time for Canada to look at growth in a renewed way and to define new indicators for progress. INSEAD’s Global Innovation Index
suggests indicators which may better reflect the strength of our knowledge economy. The OECD’s Better Life Index, or the Canadian Index of Wellbeing, bring forth an even more holistic view of growth – one that reflects overall quality of life."
Entitled Revisiting Growth: Leveraging the Resilience, Value and Resourcefulness of Canada’s Creative Sector in an Era of Change, this brief also makes strong pleas in favour of internal and international touring, cultural statistics gathering, and cross-sectoral collaboration. In it, CAPACOA framed the cultural sector within broader challenges related to training, health, environment and sustainable development.
One More Hurdle for Canadian Artists Touring in the U.S.
Thanks to Musical America, we were informed that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) just made it more difficult for a foreign artist to perform in the U.S. and obtain an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN). All non-residents who work in the U.S. are required to report income earned, regardless of whether tax is due. To do so, they need either a non-resident Social Security Number (SSN) or an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN). Time restrictions make obtaining a SSN a nightmare, so many have opted for the ITIN. But effective immediately the
requirements for the ITIN have changed. For more information on these fiscal issues, please consult our Immigration Services Discount Program.
Changes to the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act
Are you a federally incorported non-for-profit organization? If so, you should know that the new Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act came into effect last fall. This means you have until October 17, 2014 to amend your letters patent in conformity with the Act. In order to assist, Industry Canada has prepared a useful Transition Guide.
These changes are not the same as the changes to the Accounting Standards or the changes to the Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations Act. For more details on these, read this summary of changes affecting not-for-profits, prepared by the Ontario Arts Council.
TSP at the OCFF Conference
Now in its second year, CAPACOA is pleased to partner with the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF) to deliver The Succession Plan at the Conference
from October 11th – 14th, 2012 in Mississauga, ON. There are 4 spots available to emerging and mid-level career arts presenters, artistic directors, festival personnel and venue managers from across the country. The TSP will be delivered within the OCFF's Presenters Program, which brings 25 presenters from around the world to the annual conference. Participants will work one-on-one with a mentor and will have opportunities to work through questions within the peer group. Please contact CAPACOA's Membership and Outreach Development Manager, Erin Barnhardt
or visit us at capacoa.ca for full details.
Changes to Showcase Guidelines
CAPACOA has revised its showcase guidelines. The amended guidelines are available on our website.
Resources on Pluralism in the Arts
The Toronto Neighbourhood Arts Network recently published the Arts & Equity Toolkit. This toolkit provides principles, examples and practical resources to build more inclusive and equitable communities. Its resources also expand to topics such as governance, planning and evaluation.
This toolkit complements two other excellent publications on cultural diversity in the arts: the CPAMO Toolkit: Evidence-based Strategies to Promote Pluralism in the Arts, and Culturally Diverse Arts Programs: A Guide to Planning & Presentation. The latter synthesizes the wealth of experience of CAPACOA's 2011 Presenter of the Year, Phyllis Stenson, from the Harrison Festival.
You can access these three publications and many other resources on the Presenter's Toolkit.
Jobs, Events, and More
Read the recent postings added to the CAPACOA website.
Network Member Events
Sept. 19 - 23, 2012 APA / Contact East 2012 / Fredericton, NB
Oct. 11 - 14, 2012 OCFF / OCFF Conference 2012 / Mississauga, ON
Oct. 11 - 14, 2012 ATAA / Alberta Showcase 2012 / Fort Saskatchewan, AB
Oct. 12 - 14, 2012 Manitoba Arts Network / Manitoba Showcase Contact 2012 / Virden, MB
Oct. 19 - 21, 2012 OSAC / Showcase 2012 / Prince Albert, SK
Oct. 25 - 27, 2012 CCI / Ontario Contact 2012 / Kitchener, ON
Dec. 4 - 6, 2012 La danse sur les routes / Parcours Danse / Montreal, QC
Jan. 11 - 15, 2013 APAP / APAP, NYC 2013 / New York, USA
Jan. 23 - 26, 2013 CAPACOA / The Culture of Place / Toronto, ON
Feb. 17 - 21, 2013 RIDEAU / La Bourse RIDEAU / Quebec, QC
April 5 – 7, 2013 BCTC / Pacific Contact / Burnaby, BC
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