One of the main goals of the CCF/FCMA is to act as the voice of Craft in an advocacy capacity. Working with partners in the Visual Arts and Cultural community, we campaign for improved access to cultural funding and programs on behalf of all craftspeople in Canada.
Support For The Craft Sector
In our position paper, titled “How Can You Support the Craft Sector?“, we provide the community with a document that can help when meeting with government representatives. Intended for use as a hand-out, the position paper includes a brief description of the craft sector alongside short, clear suggestions for how to support the sector. We encourage you to share this document, and to use it whenever you engage with government representatives in discussions about the craft field.
A Pitch For Craft
In early August 2020, the CCF/FCMA submitted a formal brief to the Federal Standing Committee on Finance, with specific recommendations on what the government should do to ensure a safe and thriving future for craft in Canada. Limited to just 2000 words, the CCF/FCMA put forward five recommendations to adapt and expand existing programming, amend policies, and invest in underrepresented arts communities to increase equity and financial stability in the cultural sector. This included specific recommendations to implement a basic income program, adapt the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy program to encourage not for profit and charitable fundraising efforts, develop a new internship/mentorship program for emerging and mid-career/senior artists, increase funding to address systemic racism in the arts, and investment in creative digital innovation.
In 2011, 2012, and 2013, the CCF/FCMA submitted recommendations to the Federal Standing Committee on Finance in order to express our belief in the contribution of craft to the Canadian economy. Titled “CRAFT: An Entrepreneurial Investment”, each document explains the Craft sector and its impact, and outlines several recommendations to improve the Canadian economy by investing in Craft.
These documents are useful to anyone who wants to arm themselves with facts, quotes, and detailed information on the economic benefits of the Craft sector.