As part of our unofficial countdown to the 2019 Federal elections, Beyond James is publishing a series of articles on the small, but impactful actions that arts supporters can take to ensure that arts and culture remain a priority for candidates seeking election. 

Countdown update- the 2019 Federal election is twenty-one days away. 

There are a number of organizations who lead advocacy work and initiatives both year round and during election campaigns, and we’re delighted to share a brief list of those who are directly in touch with political parties, analyzing platforms and strategizing about how to keep their art heard. 

Read all about their great work below.

The Canadian Arts Coalition published their election platform earlier this year- a list of goals that they hope the party in power will commit to during their term. Additionally, the Coalition usually connects directly with each party to survey them on arts-specific issues and posts the results on their website- keep checking to stay informed.

New this year, ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), the DGC (Directors Guild of Canada) and IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) have joined forces on a “Just Ask” campaign. They are asking each of their members to commit to attending one event during the federal campaign period, and to ask one question at an all candidates or town hall meeting. If you’re unsure where to look or what to attend, they even have a simple form on their website where they will send you the information that you need. Trying to figure out what question to ask? They have a number of suggestions on their website, and we’ve posted some as well. 

Canadian Actors Equity Association also recently released their election platform Canadian Content Matters. As the voice of professional artists working in live performance in English Canada, the association has a few similar recommendations to the Canadian Arts Coalition, but focuses their efforts on protecting and enhancing Canadian content. The association is planning a few targeted efforts with their members as the election nears as well. 

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