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:
The 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.
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.
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.
* 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.
The Cultural Human Resources Council is obviously focused on the human resources side of cultural careers for both artistic professionals and employers.
With memberships, HR 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.
The 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.
The 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.
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!