The Canadian Conference of the Arts is announcing today an end to its 67-year run as the country’s largest arts nonprofit, the Globe and Mail reports. The decision comes after Canada’s government declined to give the Ottawa-based organization the $780,000 it needed to continue operations — and ultimately become financially independent — over the next two years.
About 75 percent of the group’s budget comes from governmental support. But that came to a halt when the conservative Stephen Harper administration cut the funding for the Arts, Culture, and Diversity Program as part of its attempts to balance the Canadian budget by 2015.
“However, the silver lining to that black cloud is that we’re doing everything we can to preserve the organization as a shell with its charitable status [and eventually a caretaker board] for whomever may feel like picking up the torch and re-launching it,” CCA director Alain Pineau told the Globe and Mail. “We have to stop now if we want to prevent the organization from going bankrupt and losing everything.”
— Rachel Corbett
(Photo: A 1941 CCA conference in Kingston)