Forum confronts need for inclusion in Canadian art

A debate about diversity in the visual arts, in Mississauga, one of our more diverse Toronto suburbs. Given the pace of change in Canada’s diversity, somewhat natural that it takes time to be reflected in all areas, whether it be management, political, or artistic. Even for artists of the mainstream, like my father, it is hard to get into Canadian galleries:

“As far as getting art into the galleries, there seems to be some sort of a tick box that they go through that we’re just not put in the know about — what they qualify as Canadian art and what should be promoted — and through discussions like tonight, we’re basically sharing that those tick boxes need to be changed or re-evaluated,” said O’Hara.

As a photographer living in Mississauga, O’Hara said, the real definition of Canadian art is so elastic that it can’t be pigeonholed.

“For me, the great thing is that Canada is so diverse and so wide and so young that you can put two art works side by side (and they) both represent Canada in their own particular way,” she said “I love the fact that it’s not homogeneous — it’s always dynamic and moving.”

Forum confronts need for inclusion in Canadian art.

About Andrew
Andrew blogs and tweets public policy issues, particularly the relationship between the political and bureaucratic levels, citizenship and multiculturalism. His latest book, Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias, recounts his experience as a senior public servant in this area.

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