December 8, 2015 – The public consultation leading to the development of Ontario's first culture strategy is coming to a close and some solid insights on performing arts presenting were shared.
Ontario Presents submitted an exhaustive brief in response to questions raised in the Culture Strategy Discussion Paper. In it, the authors, Warren Garrett and Brian McCurdy, highlight the increasing role and impact that performing arts centres are playing and having in communities:
"Municipal performing arts centres play many roles. They are a venue, a presenter, a cultural developer, an educator, a public place and a builder of community social equity. On any given day they host and present artists and performing arts companies from across Canada and the world, collaborate with local artists and companies, introduce children to their first experiences with the arts, create moments of context that bridge the space between artist and audience, and all the while ensure the Centres remains healthy, sustainable and dynamic."
They also articulate the need for alignment with municipal cultural plans:
"performing arts centres and presenting programs that are municipally supported will realize benefits from aligning their business plans with their local Municipal Culture Plan."
CAPACOA participated in the online forum Culture Talks, reinforcing existing comments and providing supplemental views on creation and touring in all Ontario regions.
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