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Jesse Wente Appointed Chairperson of Canada Council for the Arts

Jesse Wente Appointed Chairperson of Canada Council for the Arts

This makes Wente “the first Indigenous Chairperson within the Canadian Heritage portfolio,“ says Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault

Drop the Charges and Defund the Police, Says New Artists’ Letter for Black Lives

Drop the Charges and Defund the Police, Says New Artists’ Letter for Black Lives

A public letter signed by more than two thousand artists and arts workers calls for charges to be dropped against three arrested in a BLM Toronto art action on July 18

News Roundup: MAC Montreal Suspends Jon Rafman Show After Misconduct Allegations Emerge

News Roundup: MAC Montreal Suspends Jon Rafman Show After Misconduct Allegations Emerge

And the Montreal Gazette reports that Bradley Ertaskiran gallery has decided to stop representing Rafman. Also: a new award for Yukon artists and MMFA updates

BC Provides $10 Million for Canada’s First Chinese Canadian Museum

BC Provides $10 Million for Canada’s First Chinese Canadian Museum

The museum will have a provincial hub in Vancouver’s Chinatown, but have regional hubs in other cities as well

News Roundup: National Gallery of Canada Shuts Down Canadian Photography Institute

News Roundup: National Gallery of Canada Shuts Down Canadian Photography Institute

Also, the Nova Scotia Art Educators Society calls for the reinstatement of former NSCAD president, and curators speak out at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Artists and Advocates Push for Universal Basic Income in Canada

Artists and Advocates Push for Universal Basic Income in Canada

Through an open letter, a petition and other forms of activism, artists and arts workers—like many others—are trying to see the advent of basic income soon

Chelsea Rozansky Awarded Summer Canadian Art Editorial Mentorship

The Toronto-based writer will work in our offices for the 11-week Summer 2020 mentorship

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Dismisses Director and Chief Curator Nathalie Bondil [UPDATED]

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Dismisses Director and Chief Curator Nathalie Bondil [UPDATED]

Bondil’s contract was terminated July 13 following employee complaints and a board conflict. This recap of related media coverage starts on that day, with updates appended for July 14, 16 and 20

Concern Rises Regarding Banff Centre Layoffs, Visual Arts Cutbacks

Concern Rises Regarding Banff Centre Layoffs, Visual Arts Cutbacks

An open letter that started circulating this week, and signed by several prominent artists and curators, calls for centre leadership to shift priorities

News Roundup: Outcry Grows over Abrupt Removal of NSCAD President

News Roundup: Outcry Grows over Abrupt Removal of NSCAD President

OCAD University Faculty Association among latest to condemn the move. Plus: ethical questions about skyrocketing auction sales for Matthew Wong’s work