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Cultural Human Resources Council

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CHRC Newsletter
July 2013

Summer Round up

As we head off on summer holidays (in Ottawa - a frenzied dash for the lake!), here is a brief update on CHRC's activities, and a few interesting notes from provinces.

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Collecting Cultural Stats in the Cultural Satellite Account

The long slog to establish a Cultural Satellite Account (CSA) - an accounting framework to better capture the economic importance of culture, the arts, heritage and sport in Canada - is showing signs of success (under the untiring stewardship of Brian McKie at DCH).

In March the Culture Satellite Account (CSA) Feasibility Study phase was completed and it has begun its operational phase. The next three years will see the production and distribution of data detailing the economic importance and activity of culture, the arts, heritage and sport in Canada.

CHRC was involved in the evolution of the CSA when we were part of the now defunct National Advisory Committee on Cultural Statistics. We were especially interested in securing a contribution from HRSDC for cultural labour force statistics – which never materialized. However, DCH has continued to recruit partners – all of the provincial and territorial governments have bought in to the CSA – and they have dedicated significant funds from their own department to ensure its success, at least in the short term.

CHRC is pleased to be at the CSA table where we will continue to press for good Labour Market Information for the cultural sector.

Protecting Status of the Artist

As announced in our March e-newsletter, the Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal (CAPPRT) has been closed and their responsibilities have been given to the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB). CHRC attended one of the consultation sessions regarding proposed amendments to the CAPPRT Regulations. The amendments are meant to ensure better alignment of the policies, procedures and practices under the Status of the Artist Act with the Board's current practices, while taking into account the unique circumstances of the cultural sector.

As our members include both producers and unions of self-employed artists, CHRC's presence in this consultation was to ensure that the important principles behind Status of the Artist and the special professional relationship regime established for self-employed artists is protected through the transition of CAPPRT's responsibilities to the CIRB.

The CAPPRT regulations under the Status of the Artist Act were originally modelled on CIRB practices and regulations. As the CIRB assumes responsibility for administering them, it is taking the opportunity to harmonize them where possible with CIRB practices and regulations – all the while fully respecting the differences in cultural sector labour relations that the CAPPRT regulations were created to address. As well, CIRB staff, working closely with former CAPPRT staff (with many years of experience), are taking this opportunity to adjust the CAPPRT regulations where necessary.

We were encouraged by the presence of Elizabeth MacPherson, who, as Chair of the CIRB, introduced the session and explained the process. She has worked in the cultural sector and clearly understands the importance of the Status of the Artist Act for which we fought so hard and so long. The CIRB, under her stewardship, will protect the unique status of the CAPPRT regulations.

The changes that were highlighted were well explained and made sense – though artists and cultural workers will have to be aware of the shortened time frames in several cases. Interventions from producers and unions may raise specific points and the CIRB is open to receiving these comments until the end of August. The process is fair. We must be vigilant that we take full advantage of this opportunity to protect and perfect the very special tools we have been given in the CAPPRT regulations under the Status of the Artist Act.

National Roundtable for Teacher Education in the Arts

Under the tireless leadership of Michael Wilson and Madeleine Aubrey, the National Roundtable for Teacher Education in the Arts (NRTEA) continues to be a strong voice for the arts in education. At their most recent roundtable in June, a spotlight shone on CHRC's resources to ensure that young Canadians contemplating a career as an artist or cultural worker are well-prepared to enter the workforce: in particular, our Careers in Culture mini sites, and The Art of Managing Your Career (TAMYC) – both with accompanying teachers guides. Also of interest is our Artist as Entrepreneur, a grade 12 business curriculum resource based on TAMYC, prepared by the Ontario Ministry of Education.

NRTEA is an essential part of the ecology of Canada's cultural sector: teachers with an understanding of the arts and the ability to incorporate them into the classroom are key to opening up the thoughts and hearts of young students to a career in the cultural sector.

CHRC is a willing partner in their efforts!

Recalculating: Culture in a Digital World

Creative City NetworkThe annual Creative City Summit, organized by the Creative City Network, was another sold out success this year. It was held in Ottawa in June, under the theme Recalculating: Culture in a Digital World.

"As digital technology diversifies and accelerates, its effects on cultural planning and the cultural community are empowering yet challenging. The 11th Creative City Network Summit [remapped] the field with new research, insights by leading creative individuals and experiences of innovative arts organizations…. [explored] digital hubs, digital participation and communication, and [debated] digital impacts on the cultural realm. From public art, to facilities, to cultural policy, to promotion and participation, to art creation – it's a new digital world to navigate."

CHRC's Culture 3.0 – a study on the impact of digital technologies in the cultural sector was relevant to the summit's theme and was in the summit's reference resources. CHRC shares the objectives of this dynamic network which seeks to promote cultural development at the municipal level.

Online learning for francophone self-employed artists and cultural workers

As CHRC prepares to launch its online modules for The Art of Managing Your Career in English, le Conseil québecois des ressources humaines en culture has released its online courses in French based on L'Art de gérer sa carrier. These excellent courses for helping artists and cultural workers to understand the ins and outs of self-employment, subsidized by the government of Quebec, are available to francophones across the country.

Manitoba Arts and Cultural Alliance celebrates its first year!

Creative City NetworkThe Manitoba Arts and Cultural Alliance was created in 2012 to advance arts, culture, heritage and creativity in Manitoba. Its first Annual General Meeting was held on June 18, 2013.

Congratulations to a fledgling arts organization that is attracting attention and making waves!

Its objectives include:

  • Promote access to arts and culture for all Manitobans.
  • Encourage participation and engagement in all aspects of the creative sector.
  • Conduct research into how arts, culture, heritage and creativity impact the province.
  • Share information among a diverse group of creative people working in the arts and cultural sector and with the community at large.
  • Emphasize the role of arts and culture in Manitoba's well-being, growth and development.
  • Identify gaps in service and promotion needs in the community.

In its inaugural year, MACA organized the 1st Annual Arts and Culture Day at the Leg, where MACA delegates made presentations to each of the three Provincial Party Caucuses and hosted a reception at the Legislature. Leading up to the provincial budget MACA coordinated a campaign of support for arts and cultural funding, conducted a post budget analysis and communicated with our elected officials as to the outcome of the budget. The founding Board and volunteers also spent considerable time working on the development of the organization to ensure that a solid foundation is in place to support MACA's future.

Creative Saskatchewan – will it meet the need?

After the devastating cut of the Film Employment Tax Credit in Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Motion Picture Industry Association's membership has dropped from 600 to 60 – "It would now be tough to make a film or television production in Saskatchewan, given the lack of people and businesses in the sector" says SMPIA President), the provincial government is seeking to re-strengthen its "cultural industry " through a new agency entitled Creative Saskatchewan. Among its objectives are: "to facilitate the expansion of a business environment advantageous to the growth of the creative industry and to the growth of new employment, investment and production opportunities in Saskatchewan within the creative industry"; to "encourage and support innovation, invention and excellence in the creative industry by stimulating creative production, format innovation and new models of collaboration among sectors of the creative industry"; and to "assist in the promotion and marketing of Saskatchewan's creative industry and its respective products".

Creative Saskatchewan will be governed by a board of directors, including not less than five members appointed from a list of nominees provided by the creative industry.

The 2013-14 provincial budget provided $5 million in new funding to create an investment fund for Creative Saskatchewan. The fund will be available to music, film, digital media, visual arts, crafts, publishing and the performing arts producers to bring their products to market.

A working group established to develop the functional details of Creative Saskatchewan included representatives from the Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskFilm, Saskatchewan Media Production Industry Association, Saskatchewan Publishers Group, CARFAC (Canadian Artists Representation Le Front Des Artistes Canadiens), Saskatchewan Interactive Media Association, SaskArt, SaskMusic, Dance Saskatchewan, the theatre community in Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Craft Council.

The hope is to have Creative Saskatchewan in place by fall 2013.

And looking forward to the fall….

CN TowerAnnual General Meeting

CHRC's 18th Annual General Meeting will be held in Toronto on
Friday, September 13, 2013.

Time and place TBA.

Have a wonderful summer – and keep in touch…

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Susan Annis, Executive Director
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