About the Metcalf Arts Policy Fellowship
The Metcalf Arts Policy Fellowship is a two year fellowship designed to explore the connections between arts policy and practice. Inspired by the need to foster new thinking about the future of the arts sector, the Toronto Arts Foundation created the fellowship with support from the George Cedric Metcalf Foundation, the John D. McKellar Foundation and Business for the Arts.
The fellowship is designed to provide time for reflection and consideration about relevant arts policy questions. As new arts practices emerge and the character and composition of the Canadian population evolves, how do we ensure our arts policies are keeping pace with this evolution? Are current policies contributing to the health and sustainability of the arts, ensuring a productive and relevant engagement with the Canadian public? How can we collaborate effectively as a community to define our policy goals and engage in productive conversations with our government leaders and elected officials?
Toronto Arts Foundation is pleased to announce that the recipient of its first Metcalf Arts Policy Fellowship is Shannon Litzenberger. “I am thrilled at the opportunity to deepen my engagement in arts policy as the first-ever Metcalf Arts Policy Fellow. With time to explore relevant questions, I hope to consider how policy at all levels of government can more effectively nurture a healthy arts ecology that serves Canadians with excellent and meaningful artistic experiences, reflective of a rich and diverse Canadian identity.”
Over a period of two years, Litzenberger will consider how to improve the ways in which communities engage in arts policy dialogue and advance policy goals to affect positive change at all levels of government. Fellowship activities will include research and investigation as well as active participation in existing forums where arts policy conversations and actions are taking shape.
The Metcalf Arts Policy Fellowship will be housed and administrated by the Toronto Arts Foundation and funded by the George Cedric Metcalf Foundation, The John D. McKellar Foundation, Business for the Arts and Toronto Arts Foundation.