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CHRC Newsletter
July 2015

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Annual General Meeting 2015

CHRC held its 21st Annual General Meeting in the bright and welcoming premises of Simon & Schuster Canada – courtesy of S&S Canada CEO, Kevin Hanson. The President’s Report, ED’s Report and audited financial statements are in the Annual Report 2014/2015 on our website.

As well as his report on the past year, President Richard Hornsby delivered the Nominating Committee’s report. Acknowledging the commitment and dedication of current Board members who have in some cases served beyond their terms to provide stability and guidance to CHRC through its transition out of sector council core funding, he signaled the desire of the Board to begin a process of Board renewal over the coming year.

In addition to the regular AGM business, the Board heard from 2 long time CHRC members, Diane Davy, ED of WorkinCulture, and Judy Slivinski, Director of Development for the Winnipeg Art Gallery, who described their respective challenges and successes. CHRC is proud to have these organizations among its loyal members and to be working closely with them.

Culture Satellite Account Provincial Data Released

As a member of the Culture Statistics Strategy Consortium (including provincial and territorial governments and agencies), CHRC was part of the extensive consultation and review of new 2010 provincial / territorial (PT) economic figures for culture, recently released via the second Culture Satellite Account (CSA) report by Statistics Canada. These are the first PTCSA figures to be officially published by Statistics Canada.

CHRC is pleased to serve in its role as a conduit to the CSA facts and figures for culture organizations wishing to probe the plethora of stats in the report. This new data can be found in Statistic Canada’s The Daily, which announces and summarizes all significant data releases.

The report itself is available via the web page below:
Income and Expenditure Accounts Technical Series (13-604-M)

TAMYC Discipline Enhancements

CHRC’s project to develop an Aboriginal version of The Art of Managing Your Career (TAMYC) in workshop format is continuing apace. As consultant France Trépanier undertakes her research, consultations and writing for workshop modules which reflect the material contained in the TAMYC guide, we are entering a new phase – the revision of the 8 discipline enhancements to include Aboriginal content and references.

8 Aboriginal artists are reviewing the discipline enhancements and weaving into them Aboriginal specific information, examples and links. After they submit their proposed additions/changes, Aboriginal reviewers will cast a second set of eyes on each, to be sure that there are no big gaps in information.

CHRC will then undertake a final edit and the updated versions will be released in the fall as TAMYC discipline enhancements – third edition.

We are also firming up plans for the Train-the-Trainer sessions to be held in the fall for Aboriginal trainers from across the country. France will be delivering the sessions in English and in French.

These Aboriginal trainees are being sent by governments and organizations from coast to coast to coast, who have contributed financially to the project: the Government of British Columbia, the Government of the Yukon, the Government of the Northwest Territories, the Edmonton Arts Council, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture, Miziwe Biik (an Aboriginal employment and training organization in Ontario) and New Brunswick’s Aboriginal Joint Economic Development Initiative. We are hoping for support in Manitoba and Quebec as well. The wide ranging interest in the workshop is indicative of the need for this type of training for Aboriginal artists across the country.

TAMYC E-learning courses

Just a reminder about CHRC’s 5 E-learning courses, based on the 5 chapters of The Art of Managing Your Career (TAMYC):

Course 1: The Culture Biz
Course 2: The Art of Self-Promotion
Course 3: The A to Z of Project Management
Course 4: Money – Keeping Track
Course 5: You and the Law

Graduating from their academic training with honed artistic skills and ripe with talent, artists and cultural workers realize quickly that the business side of being self-employed demands a whole other skillset – and TAMYC is their answer. Since 2002, TAMYC has been providing self-employed artists and cultural workers with the know-how to develop financially viable careers. Written by and for artists, it has been taught in colleges and universities, through professional associations and artists’ networks, and used by independent artists and cultural workers for over a decade.

Following the TAMYC guide closely and mirroring its content, the E-learning courses are yet another way to help emerging artists and cultural workers to practise their art and make a living at the same time.

[In a break from CHRC’s standard practice of producing all its materials in both official languages, the TAMYC E-learning courses are only in English. This is because steps have been taken in Quebec, through the Conseil québecois des ressources humaines en culture (CQRHC) with support from the government of Quebec, to produce a series of online training modules in French, also based on TAMYC (L’Art de gérer sa carrière). These are available to francophones across the country. For further information, please see]

Reframing the cultural policy dialogue

A summary from the Arts Advocate:

On June, leaders of the cultural sector came together at Reframing the Cultural Policy Dialogue, a symposium presented by The Arts Advocate and its partners to explore new ideas and approaches to cultural policy development. The goal was to provide information and resources to deepen the sector’s understanding of the increasingly complex and changing political environment facing governments at all levels and to provide an opportunity for participants to consider fresh perspectives and different ways of engaging with government decision-makers, political and otherwise.

Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the United Kingdom’s Royal Society for the Arts, set the tone for the day when he urged those gathered to challenge themselves to think differently and move away from a position of “self-indulgence” to one of embracing change and collaborating more with those outside the cultural sector. To be effective Mr. Taylor argued, it was necessary to become more mutually self-critical and to be willing to accept change. Failure to do so, he suggested, resulted in nothing more than “competitive shroud-waving” and inability to move forward. To reframe the dialogue, Mr. Taylor urged cultural leaders to move away from articulating the “ask” to making an “offer”. The arts, heritage and creative industries have many attributes other sectors seek, he said – innovation, collaboration, public engagement – all challenges in other areas.

There were lots of calls for collaboration and partnerships, within the sector and with those outside the sector – echoes of CHRC’s HR conference in 2010. A new slant was the use of the word “reciprocity” – “reciprocal relationships there we both have value”. Back to the “shift from ask to offer”.

One highlight was a presentation by Nicole Anderson, CEO for Business and the Arts, on her organization’s new research on business support for the arts. (See Building a Robust Case for Business Investment in the Arts at There is definitely something to build on here in terms of improving the business/arts connection. A win win. What was particularly hopeful was the growing interest in SROI – not the economic-based Return on Investment (ROI), but a Social Return on Investment (SROI). Not clear yet how this is assessed, but some businesses are considering SROI as a valid measurement of impact for investment.

The symposium’s live stream will be up for another month at

Two Provinces Launch Cultural Policy Dialogues

In Manitoba …

In the context of a provincial election, Manitobans for the Arts have unveiled the organization’s provincial electoral platform. The platform is intended to alert political candidates and citizens to key issues that require action to ensure the continued growth and sustainability of the arts and cultural sector in Manitoba. Read the platform. Check out the 6 strategies:

Strategy 1: Strengthen the financial capacity and sustainability of cultural organizations.
Strategy 2: Develop new cultural policy.
Strategy 3: Renovate and expand cultural infrastructure.
Strategy 4: Build a sustainable cultural workforce.
Strategy 5: Preserve our heritage.
Strategy 6: Enhance arts education

In Ontario …

Ontario is set to embark on the development of its first cultural strategy early this fall. A key deliverable in Culture Minister Michael Coteau’s mandate letter, the strategy will articulate a five-year vision, identify guiding principles and outline government priorities and actions.

At Reframing the Cultural Policy Dialogue, the symposium, convened by The Arts Advocate on 8 June, Ontario Assistant Deputy Minister of Culture, Kevin Finnerty, laid out the timing and specifics of how the government will engage Ontarians in the development of the cultural strategy. The government hopes to hear from a broad cross-section of Ontarians, including those that don’t typically engage in cultural activity, and all parts of the provincial cultural sector. There will be targeted initiatives to reach the Aboriginal community and youth, segments of the population that don’t connect in the ways that others typically have.

Preparations and research are underway within MTCS to launch a discussion paper and environmental scan in late September. This will be followed by extensive consultations over the winter. These will include about eight public town hall meetings in communities around the province and a digital consultation platform that will seek input from many Ontarians on what they value most about our culture. The consultations will also ask for ideas on maximizing the public value of Ontario’s cultural assets and ways to better leverage other activities and initiatives to support the province’s cultural activities. It’s expected new ideas will include working differently with other ministries, including education, a point Culture Minister Michael Coteau reinforced during Question Period on 4 June.

The goal is to release a draft cultural strategy in early spring 2016, with a view to finalizing it by late spring.

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DIRECTION GÉNÉRALE ET ARTISTIQUE Théâtre La Chapelle Montréal, Quebec
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Festival Programmer Calgary International Children's Festival Calgary, Alberta
Programming and Production Assistant Yukon Arts Centre Whitehorse, Yukon
PROJECT LEADER, REGENERATION PROJECTS National Trust for Canada Ottawa, Ontario
MANAGER, NATIONAL TRUST NETWORKS National Trust for Canada Ottawa, Ontario
Sessional Assistant Professor level in Studio: Sculpture/Drawing York University School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design Toronto, Ontario
Curator Oakville Galleries Oakville, Ontario
Chief Executive Officer Magazines Canada Toronto, Ontario
HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER National Arts Centre / Centre national des Arts Ottawa, Ontario
Assistant Venue Coordinator - Old Fire Hall / Wharf Yukon Arts Centre Whitehorse, Yukon
CEO Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art Toronto, Ontario
Director and CEO Contemporary Calgary Calgary, Alberta

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