Government and the Arts
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 7 Feb 1980, p. 223-234
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Government and the Arts


"the arts are not a frill but a crucial aspect of our lives as individuals and as a nation." "The year 1979 saw the arts community become a viable political constituency." Examples and reasons for the change in government policy towards the arts and culture. Origins and responsibilities of the Canada Council. A marriage between politics and art. "But what happens if we destroy the carefully established independence of the publicly-appointed trustees?" Granting procedures that do not go through the Canada Council. The Lambert Report and the proposal for "ministerial directives." The Canada Council's accountability to Parliament. Problems in the relationship between an arts council and its government. Reasons why democratic governments should avoid direct involvement in the funding of the arts. The idea of an independent board of public trustees. The Canada Council as an investment in ourselves.