The IMAA is always working hard to present the artistic point of view to policymakers. Read some of our recent publications in the left section here.
recent advocacy news
Meeting with the new Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau
Regarding the new Budget Bill C-60 that contains an amendment to the Financial Administration Act giving Prime Minister
Stephen Harper and his Cabinet the power to dictate collective bargaining, terms for salaries, benefits
and working conditions for several crown corporations.
IMAA's National Director, Jennifer Dorner had a meeting, April 29th 2013, with the new Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Daniel K Seligman from Pop Montreal (in Trudeau's riding) to discuss the vital role that the arts have in our diverse culture. This is especially important at a time when there is a need to rebuild Canada's cultural identity and values in response to significant changes unfolding in the world around (demographic, technological, economic, generational, political). Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2017, perfect occasion to invest in the arts, to showcase where we have been as a nation, where we would like to go, and what we should project to other nations. Justin Trudeau is 100% in support of "doubling" the Canada Council's funding. Jennifer presented the new liberal leader with several reports and studies outlining the important economic and social impact that the arts have in Canada in hopes that they build a solid arts platform. He is very willing to work with the arts sector to ensure that he "gets it right".
Media Arts Prize crowdfunding campaign
The Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) is launching a crowdfunding campaign today to finance an inaugural National Media Arts Prize. The first of its kind in Canada, the IMAA will be gathering funds on Indiegogo to establish the award.
We have a powerful video illustrating the importance of this cause which is also visible on our Indiegogo Campaign page.
To share our campaign page with your audience, please circulate the following link: http://www.indiegogo.com/media-arts-prize
Read the press release
March 21st 2013 - Budget 2013 : Lost Opportunity for Advanced Training in Media Arts
Read the press release
IMAA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts.
View video portraits of the award winners, commissioned in partnership with the Independent Media Arts Alliance.
in support of W2
In solidarity with the Idle No More movement, read the letters sent from IMAA and NIMAC
The IMAA holded its board meeting in Ottawa to coincide with the Arts Day on Parliament Hill October 23th, 2012
Media arts had a strong presence in these meetings with members of parliament from all parties. We were equipped with a video camera to show the highlights of the day: IMAA Video
IMAA supports sustained government funding to CBC/Radio-Canada Read the statement
Read the IMAA answers to the Pre-budget Consultation Questions for the 2013 Federal Budget, August 2012
+ Response from The Honourable John Duncan (September 2012)
+ Response from The Honourable Kevin Doherty (August 2012)
The Fédération culturelle canadienne-française (FCCF) speaks out against
the CRTC decision to cancel the Local Programming Improvement Fund
The CRTC did not consider the devastating impact that this decision
would have on the development of the Franco-Canadian community as well
as the impact on to artists, craft workers, cultural workers and the
independent television industry of which media art is affiliated. The
fund was introduced in 2008 and supported quality local programming.
Read the Press Release (FR only)