Arts Advocacy in a Time of Economic Crisis: Problems and Opportunities in Canada


  • John P. L. Roberts University of Calgary


Metropolitan Universities, Arts Advocacy


Arts advocacy groups in Canada have managed to influence public policy and government priorities, and have produced significant outcomes for the arts community. A major issue is the need to nurture Canadian culture and give full scope to Canadian creators and performers. The creators and petfonners working in faculties of fine arts of metropolitan universities, as well as other kinds of arts academics, are concerned that outlets essential to their work are being reduced by the recession, and are becoming active in advocacy groups. q the arts are to continue to flourish in Canada, advocacy groups will have to assume an even more dynamic role in the future.