The Canada Council for the Arts
, commonly called the Canada Council,
was introduced by Parliament
. It is a Crown corporation
which funds Canadian
artists and encourages the production of art in Canada. The current chiar of the Canada COuncil is Jean-Louis Roux
The Canada Council is an arms-length government corporation that is supervised by the Department of Heritage. Its main duty is alloting grants to Canadian artists based on the merits of their applications. The council also judges many of Canada's top arts awards, including the Governor General's Awards.
The council has six main divisions, each of these coordinates grant giving to a different area of the arts.
- visual arts
- media arts
These are complemented by three groups that work with all the sections:
- aboriginal art, to foster First Peoples art in all media
- equity officer, to encouraged diversity in arts funding
- Inter-Arts, to deal with proposals that combine or transcend traditional artistic disciplines
The Canada Council also supervises the Art Bank
and the Public Lending Right
Each year the council receives some 16 000 grant requests, these are veted by panels of artists set up by each division of the council. The council gives grants to about 6000 artists each year. The total budget for the council is ~130 million dollars (2003).
Canada Council for the Arts