6 Organizations Every Canadian Visual Artist Should Know About


There are plenty of organizations across the country willing and able to aid visual artists in every area of their creative careers. But sometimes the large number of helpful organizations can make it difficult to wade through the crowd to find the essential groups to keep an eye on.

I’ve narrowed down six of the most active and important organizations working for and with visual artists in Canada.

Here are 6 organizations every Canadian visual artist should know about:

1. Canada Council for the Arts

Canada Council for the ArtsThe Canada Council for the Arts is an invaluable organization for artists of all kinds (“professional Canadian artists and arts organizations in music, theatre, writing and publishing, visual arts, dance, media arts, and integrated and circus arts”) to be familiar with. They offer an abundance of grants, resources, directories, news, and more. 

The Canada Council offers a broad range of grants and services to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations in music, theatre, writing and publishing, visual arts, dance, media arts, and integrated and circus arts – fostering and promoting the arts in Canada since 1957.

Website: http://canadacouncil.ca/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/canadacouncil
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/canadacouncil


CARFACCARFAC National as well as its provincial counterparts represent the interests of Canadian visual artists across the country.

Through their memberships and resources, CARFAC works to empower artists and also conducts campaigns fighting for the rights and fair treatment of Canadian visual artists.

Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) is incorporated federally as a non-profit corporation that is the national voice of Canada’s professional visual artists. As a non-profit association and a National Art Service Organization, our mandate is to promote the visual arts in Canada, to promote a socio-economic climate that is conducive to the production of visual arts in Canada, and to conduct research and engage in public education for these purposes.

Website: http://www.carfac.ca/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/carfacnational
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CARFACNational

3. Canadian Conference for the Arts

Canadian Conference for the Arts 2Working as a voice for the arts in Canada, the Canadian Conference of the Arts provides support through membershipsadvocacy, research & analysis, along with other resources.

The Cana­dian Con­fer­ence of the Arts is a not-for-profit, non-partisan member-based orga­ni­za­tion that rep­re­sents the inter­ests of over 400,000 artists, cul­tural pro­fes­sion­als from all dis­ci­plines of the nation’s vast arts, cul­ture and her­itage com­mu­nity. As the national con­vener, the CCA pro­vides sup­port for col­lab­o­ra­tive lead­er­ship for the Cana­dian cul­tural sector.

… we pro­mote the adop­tion of cul­tural poli­cies needed for the vital­ity of the Cana­dian cul­tural sector.

Website: http://ccarts.ca/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CanadianArts
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CanArts

* Note: We’ve been reminded in the comments that the Canadian Conference for the Arts has suspended operations (sorry about the slip!). Please still do check out their website for the wealth of info that remains.

4. Cultural Human Resources Council

Cultural Human Resources Council

The Cultural Human Resources Council is obviously focused on the human resources side of cultural careers for both artistic professionals and employers. 

With membershipsHR tools, educational and training links and resources, research, and much, much more this is an organization with a wealth of information that artistic professionals should not overlook.

The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) strives to be at the centre of vision and forward thinking in the area of cultural human resources development. CHRC brings together representatives of arts disciplines and cultural industries in the cultural sector to address the training and career development needs of employers and cultural workers including artists, technical staff, managers and all others engaged professionally in the sector.

Website: http://www.culturalhrc.ca/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CulturalHRC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CHRC.CRHSC

5. Visual Arts Alliance

Visual Arts AllianceThe Visual Arts Alliance is a little different in that it is not a formal organization itself, but rather brings together other organizations with common goals with the intention to “organize joint advocacy initiatives with a statement and key message.”

The Visual Arts Alliance is a consortium of national visual, media, and craft arts service organizations comprised of artists, curators, art museums, artist-run centres and art dealers, brought together by the Visual Arts Summit in November, 2007.

Website: http://visualartsvisuels.ca/

6. Canadian Arts Coalition

Canadian Arts CoalitionThe Canadian Arts Coalition is a “collaborative non-partisan movement” lead by national arts service and membership organizations representing the arts in Canada. Their focus is to ensure that the government remains supportive of the arts by means of funding.

The Canadian Arts Coalition is a collaborative non-partisan movement spearheaded by a group of national arts service and membership organizations. We are united in the belief that the future of our citizens, their towns and cities, and the nation itself depends on a rich, vibrant and diverse arts and heritage community.

Website: http://www.canadianartscoalition.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArtsCoalitionCa
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artscoalition

Are there other Canadian Arts organizations you think it’s important to be familiar with? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

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