Category Archives: Advocacy News

Ontario Launches First Culture Strategy

Ontario is launching its first Culture Strategy, which establishes goals and actions to promote participation in arts and culture, build on the sector’s economic impact in communities across the province and help Ontarians tell their stories and express themselves. To …

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Advocacy Update: 2015 Ontario Budget Blanks on the Arts—Again

(Toronto)…The Ontario Budget 2015, Building Ontario Up, is a 372‐page document that contains little to recognize the growth sectors of the arts, culture or heritage.

The Government of Ontario appears to have once again cut its investment in the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport by $150 million, a decrease from $1.424 billion (2012‐2013) to $1.274 billion (2015‐2016), according to budget documents released yesterday. “The PASO Coalition’s primary concern continues to be Ontario Arts Council cuts to operating grants that took effect April 1.” Demetra Christakos observed, co‐chair of the voluntary arts coalition.

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Five Questions from the Arts Community for the 2014 Ontario Provincial Election

PASO is a Coalition of Provincial Arts Service Organizations that strives to strengthen the environment for the individuals and institutions that create and disseminate the arts in this province and for public access to the arts. Our collective memberships are made up of individual artists as well as the performance and exhibition organizations that create and support artistic expression.

In the interest of providing the sector with answers to make informed decisions in the upcoming provincial election we would like to know your party’s platform regarding arts and culture in Ontario, if available….

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