Artists are getting us through COVID-19. Never question their value again | CBC Arts

If this crisis is an opportunity for change, let's start paying artists their dues.

2020-04-07 2:00:00 AM

'If this crisis is an opportunity for change, let's start paying artists their dues,' writes Amanda Parris. | CBCArts

If this crisis is an opportunity for change, let's start paying artists their dues.

.Not all artists are in the same boat, however. I would be remiss if I didn't also mention Black artists' difficulties in accessing arts funding. Historically, it has been an upward climb, regardless of government-enforced cuts. Andrea Monike Fatona's

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on equity at the Canada Council of the Artsillustrates how in the '80s and '90s, Indigenous, POC and Black artists had to work together to lobby various cultural institutions to address the systemic exclusion of their art and the way that work was positioned and categorized. There is a systemic reason why racialized Canadians are underrepresented in the arts community. It is scary to think how much more those numbers will decrease as we feel the after-effects of this moment.

As we sit at home in isolation bingeing movies created by artists, watching Instagram Lives hosted by artists and singing along to music created by artists, I hope an awakening happens. What kind of world do we want to build? I hope it's one where the same creatives who have kept us entertained and sane during this time are no longer taken for granted. I want a world where artists are respected and valued for their work and their worth.

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