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Sadly the CCA Canadian Conference of the Arts has announced it’s closing its doors after 67 years.

from the National Director’s Blog This morning the CCA issued a press release titled, The Canadian Conference of the Arts closes its doors after 67 years. I don’t need to tell you how difficult it has been to write those words down and how we have tried our best not to express them. But there comes a moment when reality stares down the most hopeful outlook on things. It is seven years to the day that I was given the job of National Director of the CCA. During these years I have developed the greatest of respect for this organization and the incredible contribution it has made to the development of cultural policies at the federal level. How many times, particularly over the past two years, have I heard people say that if we did not have the CCA, we would have to invent it? Over the last 18 months we have enthusiastically embraced the challenge set before us by the government’s decision to put an end to 47 years of funding. We attempted to reinvent the organisation as an autonomous body, but as our Chair Kathleen Sharpe says in her letter, we would have needed two years of funding to transition to this new model, rather than the brief six months that we were given. There were moments of great hesitation as to the merits of continuing our work, to go forward on the basis of commitments received to date and encouraging signs from our members, who confirmed that we were on the right track by renewing their memberships. Wouldn’t the simple act of giving up kill the possibility of succeeding against all odds? But when we stepped back and considered our chances of continuing past March 2013, it became apparent to the Board as well as the secretariat that it would be irresponsible to risk the funds that had been collected from public and private supporters to date. We concluded that the best we could do in the circumstances would be to leave the organisation in order, in a suspended state, in the hopes that a group ready to take on the challenge of re-launching this unparalleled instrument in the arts, culture and heritage sector would emerge. We remain convinced the Canadian cultural sectors need an organisation like the CCA. We’re talking about a role as convenor, observer, and analyst of the major cultural issues at the national level. In the changing environment we find ourselves in, the Canadian cultural sector needs to pull together, to come out of our solitude, to identify common interests, and to develop strategies to pursue them. The team that you know is withdrawing, but we are leaving you with what you need in order that you may pick up the torch, in new conditions, like the phoenix rising from the ashes. Read more at  

posted by admin on October 30, 2012

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