Highlights of a speech by Karen Kain, Chair, Canada Council for the Arts

A Government news site gave highlights of a speech by Karen Kain, Chair of the Canada Council for the Arts, at the Art Gallery of Alberta on Monday, June 5, 2006. The majority focused on federal funding for the arts that was part of the May 2 federal budget, but I found following interesting.

"We must be in step with the evolution of artistic practices and the cultural development of Canadian communities. We should have the capacity to anticipate important developments in the arts and the social and political environments that directly affect the arts. And we should continue to challenge the increasing commercialization of the arts and the tendency of the market to control cultural development."

I believe this speaks to the recent public letter from the arts community about Appropriation Art and the need to protect artists from excessive control over their creativity that has been proposed in various copyright reform proposals.