The annual meeting between Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) and the National Arts Services Organizations (NASOs) was held on Thursday and Friday, February 18 and 19, 2016. The meeting was held in the winter since there was the federal election held in the previous October, the month when this meeting has been traditionally held. This gathering was coordinated by a group of NASOs and administered by Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO).
Comprised of a diverse group of individuals and artistic disciplines, the Coordinating Committee began its work in September 2015 and met monthly to address matters related to the program and agenda. The Organizing Committee has developed an agenda to focus on the following issues:
- The implications of Indigenous sovereignty and changing demographics in the arts, particularly the growth, issues and concerns of historically-marginalized artists and communities, i.e., racialized peoples; deaf, mad and disabled peoples; women; Official Language Minorities;
- Current research on, development of and interest in ‘shared platforms’ and ‘collaborative learning communities’ in the arts; and
- The potential of digital technology to support artistic development, collaborative projects, the development of learning and sharing networks amongst NASO members.
The NASO Organizing Committee has confirmed these topics with two purposes in mind, i.e., to have a better understanding of:
- the changes happening within Canada Council and how they will impact on NASO’s, their members and their ongoing contributions to Canadian art and culture; and
- developments in the arts ecology and how they may be of assistance to NASOs and their members in their ongoing contributions to Canadian art and culture.
Presentations from the meeting are available on Slideshare:
2016-17 NASO reports: (opens in Scribd)
Photos from the meeting: (opens in a new window)