Category: News

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Are Canada’s Municipal Art Galleries in Crisis?  Public Art Galleries have been finding it difficult to survive let alone thrive in a fragile ecosystem. Here is a take on the state of Art Galleries in 2018. The question is how does the current relief address the Pre-Covid19 crisis? ...

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Museums are finding new ways to connect with art lovers online during Quarantine (via Artsy)...

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Going digital not easy for cultural institutions (via Globe and Mail) “The immediate response [to the closures] is ‘You’ll create these wonderful digital experiences’. It’s a rhetorical response: Oh, you just go online…If it’s that simple, every museum and art gallery collection in the world would be online.“ –...

BREAKING: $500 Million from Federal Government for Arts, Heritage and Culture.

This morning Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Federal Government will allocate $500 Million for Heritage Canada to support people working in the arts, culture, and sports sectors. This funding will help support struggling organizations access to financing. Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault supported the $500 million...

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Why Museums Can’t Always Fall Back on Endowments The COVID-19 pandemic may be an opportunity to look transparently at museum endowments and their limitations, and consider the need for alternative sources of support in the months to come. “When ROM laid off full-time staff, it made news and people...

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Survey of US Arts Organizations Points to Devastating Losses During Pandemic Based on its findings, Americans for the Arts estimates nearly $5 billion in losses across the US’s 120,492 arts nonprofits. (via Hyperallergic)...

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‘There Is No Support System’: Art Handlers, the Invisible Muscle of the Multibillion-Dollar Art Industry, Face an Uncertain Future as Work Vanishes Art handlers have been hit particularly hard by COVID-19, revealing inequities and vulnerabilities that existed long before lockdown. (via Artnet)...

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Sobey Art Award Gives Longlisted Artists $25,000 Each and Cancels Single-Winner Approach for 2020 The Sobey Art Foundation and National Gallery of Canada announced that, rather than choosing a shortlist of five artists and then a single $100,000 winner, it will give $25,000 to each of the 25 artists...

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The Art World Has Agonized Over Its Reliance on Airplanes. But That’s the Wrong Way to Think About Reducing Carbon Emissions There are far better ways to focus our anti-carbon efforts. (via artnet)...

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People Need Art in Times of Crisis. That’s Why Museums Should Be Among the First Institutions to Reopen for Business—Here’s How The cultural strategy expert Andras Szanto offers a step-by-step look at how museums could help the public regain a sense of normalcy. (via artnet)...

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Close to 40 per cent of Canada’s artists and artistic organizations will need more from government to survive COVID-19: survey (via Globe and Mail)...

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One-third of French galleries could shut before end of 2020 due to coronavirus impact (via The Art Newspaper)...

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Royal Ontario Museum will lay off half of its full-time staff, reducing hours (via Globe and Mail)...

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Degraded and demoralised: the arts companies left behind (via Limelight) ...

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For Love or Money According to the CRA, an artist is either a professional or a hobbyist, which raises broader questions about whether art should be valued because it can be sold or because it can be shown. Written by Executive Director Zainub Verjee: “Today in the light of #Covid19 #crisis,...

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The Last Days of the Art World…and Perhaps the First Days of a New One: Life after the coronavirus will be very different. (via Vulture)...

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Museum and Gallery Associations Respond to New COVID-19 Support for Art Non-Profits Image caption: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaking at a coronavirus-related press conference. Photo: PMO....

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Image caption: Installation by Somewherelse, with Karl Skene and Tyler Lovell, Toronto Media Arts Centre. Photo: Henry Faber....

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Waging Culture 2008: the socio-economic status of Canadian visual artists (via the Art Gallery of York University) Excerpt: “Cultural Policy in Canada appears written in a vacuum. [NB: the 2012 study is located here. The 2017 study is currently underway.]If the arts were not, as economists say, an irrational pursuit,...

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Museums Scramble to Document the Pandemic, Even as It Unfolds With photographs, field interviews and mass surveys, institutions are trying to preserve information about everyday life during the crisis for future study. (via The New York Times)...

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The Larger Costs of Closing a Local Museum During Coronavirus The Underground Museum in Los Angeles has become not only an art destination but a community lifeline....

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Why Deaccessioning Is Never a Straight Story To many, ”deaccessioning” means ”scandal.” But it’s a valuable process—and without decent public funding for museums, it’s bound to become more common....