Arts Research Monitor articles, category = Aboriginal arts and culturally diverse arts

Arguing that "the effects of globalization and the digital environment present an important challenge for cultural policies and institutions", this recent conference brought together experts from Canada, Europe, and the United States in order to "allow participants to review the traditional model of cultural development, with particular emphasis on the cultural behaviour of immigrant populations and of younger generations".

Fact Sheet

This brief fact sheet notes that there is a rich tradition of creativity and artistic ability in Inuit communities, with many artists blending "traditional knowledge with modern-day techniques". "Elements of mixed cultural experiences meld with traditional Inuit culture to form a new and exciting genre of Inuit art."

Fact Sheet
This brief fact sheet notes that "artistic expression is at the heart of Aboriginal culture". The fact sheet reminds us that there is not a single, uniform Aboriginal culture or art. "There has always been a great diversity of Aboriginal cultures and languages."
Report on Consultations
Based on a series of consultations in 2007 with Aboriginal artists, arts administrators, elders, youth and other community members, this report attempts "to better understand the specificities of Aboriginal art practices; to explore the impact of the arts within Aboriginal communities; to investigate the impact of Aboriginal arts in Canada and internationally; and to generate interest in research related to Aboriginal arts".
Based on an "applied research forum" in February 2008 involving Aboriginal leaders, this report explores "the realities of Aboriginal arts administration in Canada and the needs for training and professional development in the field". Topics explored at the forum include governance, public institutions, administration, financial management and community liaison.

This site is an invaluable resource regarding cultural policies and programs in European countries, as well as a few other countries around the world (including Canada). The site contains information about policy objectives, current issues, cultural institutions, cultural financing, governance structures, legal provisions, support to creativity, cultural participation, arts education, diversity and intercultural dialogue.

Other interesting themes explored at the Summit include:

  • Diversity
  • National Narrative
  • Media Coverage and Publications
Panel discussion
There are four resources available as part of the Communicating Value conference's panel on engaging diverse audience.
The report finds that immigrants “tend to be very involved in social and civic life, and to make significant contributions to Canada. They give generously of their time and money to the voluntary sector. They are interested and active citizens, engaged in current affairs and in helping others in their community…. Established immigrants tend to have much higher participation rates on all measures.”
This report, based on findings from the 2001 Census and the 2003 International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey, highlights how Canada is becoming increasingly diverse, with significant immigration from non-European countries. Most recent immigrants are of working age and contribute significantly to labour force growth in Canada.