In Wednesday’s (10/28) Globe and Mail (Toronto), James Adams writes, “A new, national initiative is under way to heighten Canadians’ awareness of the arts, their accessibility to art and artists, and their ‘participation in and engagement with’ the activities of the cultural sector. The initiative, called Culture Days, may result in the dates of other cultural events being moved to run at the same time. Details are sketchy at this point but the initiative, set to make its debut next September, has already lured some of the country’s top arts mavens onto its steering committee. Serving as chair of the 19-member body is Antoni Cimolino, general director of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Other participants include Sarah Iley, vice-president of programming for the Banff Centre, Peter Herrndorf, president of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and Janice Price, president of Toronto’s Luminato arts festival. … To date, working groups have been set up in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia to prepare the way for the inauguration of Culture Days in each of those provinces in September, 2010.”

Posted October 29, 2009