New Tools and Strategies for Funding
Bricks and Mortar
in the Cultural Arena -- A Policy
The Building Blocks
Forum, held in Toronto on November 16, 2001, was convened to discuss new ideas
for funding bricks and mortar in the cultural arena. The forum was a
response to a groundswell initiative by several arts service organizations and
was coordinated by Theatre Ontario and Toronto Artscape Inc.
experts on arts capitalization were invited to share their experiences and
stimulate a discussion of potential solutions to the cultural infrastructure
crisis in this country. The invitation list included 100 senior policy
makers from all levels of government, arts councils, foundations and private
sector leaders, as well as representatives from the cultural field.
The objectives of the
To develop an
understanding of the American approach and determine whether American approaches
could be adapted to serve Canadian cultural infrastructure needs.
To determine what
issues might be addressed in the adaptation of these programs, how they might be
addressed and who could take the lead in developing these programs.
To identify the next
steps in the development of these programs and to ascertain an order or priority
in the development of these programs.
Janis Barlow was
invited to moderate the session and, subsequently, to coordinate a transcript of
the event and prepare supplementary materials relating to the forum.
The Building Blocks
Summary Report, Transcript and Appendices are available in PDF format:
(PDF 564 KB)
(PDF 1.0 MB)
Discussion Paper: "A Coordinated
Approach to Arts Infrastructure Development
in Ontario" (PDF 59
Spaced. . .Out? Executive Summary
"Cultural Policy and Philanthropic Trends in the Election Aftermath
"Tax Credits as a Potential
Tool for Arts Infrastructure Development in Ontario"
Finance Fund Glossary
(PDF 48 KB)
Alternative Sources of Income for the Arts (PDF 77
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