Fed­eral Sup­port of Inuit Art

Inuit Art Quarterly - - NEWS -

This past sum­mer proved to be a lu­cra­tive sea­son for large-scale Inuit art projects. Both the Win­nipeg Art Gallery (WAG) and the Keno­juak Cul­tural Cen­tre and Print Shop (The Cen­tre) re­ceived sub­stan­tial fi­nan­cial com­mit­ments from the Depart­ment of Cana­dian Her­itage to sup­port ini­tia­tives that will in­crease the vis­i­bil­ity of Inuit artists, as well as sup­port the cre­ation of new work and the preser­va­tion cul­ture. In late June, The Cen­tre, a part­ner­ship be­tween the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Cape Dorset and the West Baf­fin Es­kimo Co-op­er­a­tive, re­ceived $4.5 mil­lion in fund­ing for their new arts fa­cil­i­ties, slated to open in 2018. This is in ad­di­tion to the $2 mil­lion al­ready pro­vided by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment. This an­nounce­ment was quickly fol­lowed in early Au­gust by the depart­ment’s con­firmed con­tri­bu­tion of $15 mil­lion dol­lars to­wards the construction of the Inuit Art Cen­tre at the WAG. Both projects are funded through the Canada Cul­tural Spa­ces Fund. When reached for com­ment the Depart­ment of Cana­dian Her­itage ex­pressed their be­lief that “both the Win­nipeg

Art Gallery and the Keno­juak Cul­tural Cen­tre and Print Shop projects will al­low the Inuit com­mu­nity to show­case and pre­serve their art, lan­guage and cul­ture.” These ini­tia­tives are in align­ment with the Gov­ern­ment of Canada’s 2016 Bud­get, which out­lined an in­vest­ment of $1.2 bil­lion over five years in so­cial in­fra­struc­ture for Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing cul­tural and recre­ational as­sets and pro­gram­ming, as well as an ad­di­tional $168 mil­lion, which is be­ing in­vested in all types of cul­tural projects and or­ga­ni­za­tions be­tween 2016 and 2018.

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