Cover: Watching the Waves
at English Bay (detail), 2001, by
Alex Abdilla, colour photographs, acrylic case covers (hockey
cards),metal rings, 115 x 114 cm. Canada Council Art Bank
(Photo: Kate Macintosh)
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Annual Report Cover
Council for the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts is a national arm's-length
agency created by an Act of Parliament in 1957. According to the
Canada Council Act, the role of the Council is to foster
and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of
works in, the arts. To fulfill this mandate, the Council
offers a broad range of grants and services to professional Canadian
artists and arts organizations in dance, interdisciplinary and
performance art, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts, and
writing and publishing. The Council administers the Killam Program
of scholarly awards, the Governor General's Literary Awards
and the Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts.
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Public Lending Right
Commission operate under its aegis.
Structure. The Canada Council is overseen by an 11-
member Board, chaired by Jean-Louis Roux. The Director
is Shirley L. Thomson. The Chairman and Director are appointed
by the government. The Council and its staff rely heavily on the
advice of artists and arts professionals from all parts of Canada.
The Council also works in close co-operation with federal and
provincial cultural agencies and departments.
Funding. The Canada Council for the Arts reports to Parliament
through the Minister of Canadian Heritage. Its annual appropriation
from Parliament is supplemented by endowment income, donations
and bequests. The Canada Council is called from time to time to
appear before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian
Heritage. Its accounts are audited by the Auditor General of Canada
and included in an Annual Report to Parliament.
2001-2002, the Council awarded 6,300 grants to artists and arts
organizations and made payments to 13,269 authors through the
Public Lending Right Commission. Grants, payments and awards totalled
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