Advocacy

Keeping important issues and actions front and centre
ArtsBuild remains focused on communicating the strong case for investing in sustainable arts facilities to decision makers at all levels of government. Investing in our arts infrastructure is key to the vitality of our arts organizations and artists.

Our ongoing efforts on behalf of our organizations include:

PROVINCIAL

January 2017 ArtsBuild Ontario submitted a brief for the 2017 Pre-Budget Consultations calling for a recurring cultural infrastructure fund, increased investment in current capital funds and the Ontario Arts Council, and expanded program eligibility for Infrastructure Ontario Loan Programs.
October 2016 ArtsBuild Ontario responded to the 2016 Cabinet Minister Mandate letter for Hon. Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Our response emphasized the need for a consistent and significant capital fund at the provincial level to leverage federal funding and welcomed an opportunity to discuss the infrastructure needs of the sector.
October 2016 ArtsBuild Ontario responded to the 2016 Cabinet Minister Mandate letter for Hon. Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure. Our response emphasized the need for a consistent and significant capital fund at the provincial level to leverage federal funding and welcomed an opportunity to discuss the infrastructure needs of the sector.
June 2016 ArtsBuild Ontario sent a welcome letter to Hon. Eleanor McMahon, incoming Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport welcoming an opportunity to discuss government support of the arts and culture sector.
Response from Hon. Eleanor McMahon thanking ArtsBuild Ontario for contribution to the Culture Strategy and infrastructure data.
May 2016 ArtsBuild Ontario submitted our written response to the draft Culture Strategy.
December 2015 ArtsBuild Ontario attended the Mississauga in-person Culture Talks session.
December 2015 ArtsBuild Ontario submitted our written recommendations for the Culture Strategy.
October 2015 ABO met with Kevin Finnerty, Assistant Deputy Minister. We presented our Bricks&Mortar draft demonstrating the infrastructure needs of our facilities, based on real time data and needs.

FEDERAL

November 2016 ArtsBuild Ontario sent a letter with cultural infrastructure investment recommendations to Hon. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and key Policy Advisor Kelly Rowe.
  Response from  Hon. Amarjeet Sohi. Letter and cultural infrastructure investment recommendations shared with Hon. Mélanie Joly.
October 2016 ArtsBuild Ontario attended Arts Day on the Hill in Ottawa to present key advocacy messages to Members of Parliament, senators and senior officials.
September 2016 ArtsBuild Ontario submitted a brief to InfraConsults.ca Phase 2 Consultations.
  Infrastructure Canada publishes final public engagement report outlining consultation process.
August 2016 ArtsBuild Ontario submitted a brief to the Standing Committee on Finance with recommendations for the 2017 Federal Budget. ArtsBuild Ontario supports and echoes the recommendations made by the Canadian Arts Coalition, particularly recommendation two, which calls to extend and sustain two-year investments in the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund program.
June 2016 ArtsBuild Ontario hosts webinar led by Valerie Hopper, Manager of the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, Ontario Region.
May 2016 ArtsBuild Ontario met with Valerie Hopper and Andrew Shaver of the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to better understand how Ontario funds were going to be spent to meet the needs of our small to mid-sized organizations.
February 2016 ArtsBuild Ontario sent letter with Federal pre-budget considerations for the arts to the Hon. Bill Morneau, Finance Minister.
Response from Hon. Bill Morneau. Budget considerations shared with Hon. Mélanie Joly.
January 2016 ArtsBuild Ontario shared Bricks&Mortar data demonstrating the infrastructure needs of our facilities with the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.
November 2015 ArtsBuild Ontario sent welcome letter to Hon. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage with request for discussion regarding investment in cultural infrastructure for the arts and culture sector.
ArtsBuild Ontario contacted by Andrew Shaver, Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.
November 2015 ArtsBuild Ontario sent welcome letter to Hon. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, with request to discuss infrastructure issues facing Ontario’s arts and culture organizations and facilities.
Response from Hon. Amarjeet Sohi welcoming working relationship with ArtsBuild Ontario.

PARTNER ADVOCACY

Ontario Museums Association

ArtsBuild Ontario and the Ontario Museum Association entered into a data sharing agreement in 2015. Data from our Bricks&Mortar database was used in the Ontario’s Museums 2014 Profile: Highlights which complements their vision/action plan Ontario’s Museums 2025.

PASO-OPSA

PASO-OPSA (Provincial Arts Service Organizations of Ontario) strives to strengthen the environment for the individuals and institutions that create and disseminate the arts in this province and for public access to the arts. PASO-OPSA’s collective memberships are made up of individual artists as well as the performance and exhibition organizations that create and support artistic expression.

May 2016 – Sent letter to Hon. Michael Coteau, Minister of Culture opposing the $25 million dollar budget cuts to the Ontario Trillium Foundation and cancellations to the OTF capital grant round.

May 2016 –  Read PASO’s response to Ontario’s draft Culture Strategy

Canadian Arts Coalition

September 2016 – The Canadian Arts Coalition submitted a written submission to Infrastructure Canada’s #INFRAconsults Phase Two consultations.

August 2016 – The Canadian Arts Coalition submitted a brief to the Standing Committee on Finance with recommendations for the 2017 Federal Budget. ArtsBuild Ontario supports and echoes the recommendations made by the Canadian Arts Coalition, particularly recommendation two, which calls to extend and sustain two-year investments in the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund program.

SPECIAL INITIATIVES

401 Richmond

February 2017 – In response to the property tax reassessment at 401 Richmond, ArtsBuild reached out to their tenant committee to see what we could do for support. It was requested that we send letters municipally and provincially.

  • Letter sent to Hon. Kathleen Wynne
  • Letter sent to Hon. Eleanor McMahon
  • Letter sent to Hon. Charles Sousa
  • Letter sent to Toronto Mayor John Tory
  • Letter sent to Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina Councillor Joe Cressy
    • Response from the Office of Councillor Joe Cressy
  • Letter sent to MPP, Trinity-Spadina Mr. Han Dong