Who we are:
We are the Department of Culture, a diverse community of Canadian citizens who are artists, arts professionals and cultural workers concerned about ensuring the social and cultural health and prosperity of our nation in the face of a Federal Government that is aggressively undermining the values that define Canada.
We are you: the painters, architects, dancers, writers, actors, designers, filmmakers, sculptors, performers, photographers, ceramicists, directors, curators, musicians, archivists, fashion designers, producers, weavers, choreographers, editors, librarians….
What we stand for:
The Department of Culture was founded on the following objectives to:
- Encourage a multidimensional vision of culture that emphasizes living interactions between the artistic, cultural, social, political and economic aspects of society.
- Promote a view of citizenship in which all Canadians are active participants in the creation of culture rather than simply as passive receivers of it.
- Ensure that governments, agencies, and institutions are accountable for their social and cultural agendas.
- Support the creative agency of artists to make political change through all forms of artistic production.
What we are doing:
This is a movement to fight for progressive social and cultural values through artist-initiated actions that employ the skills, experiences, collaborative methods and imagination that define artists’ work. We believe that Canada’s current government does not understand or appreciate the values that the majority of Canadians consistently say they want: a strong and resilient social safety net, fair and equal access to opportunity, a diverse and welcoming culture, a cleaner and healthier environment, and a truly representative democracy that bolsters these collective values. We undertake actions, and facilitate actions by others, that advocate by creative and artistic means for the Canada we want.