Here, There: Canadian arts funding a buttress against southern neighbors

August 5, 2011

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(Courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts)
The Canada Council for the Arts supervises the Art Bank, which has the largest collection of modern Canadian art in the world.

Today, we return to our occasional Here, There series with a look at arts funding around the world.

Canada’s population is concentrated along the border with the United States, which remains its dominant cultural influence. In the 1950s, Canada worried its southern neighbor was overshadowing national culture. To strengthen a unified Canadian identity, it developed a sophisticated system of government support for the arts. We talk to Anna Upchurch, who studies the country's model as an assistant professor of Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds.