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Art and Politics Sarah Jennings

Art and Politics

Sarah Jennings

Published January 1st 2009
ISBN : 9781282815773
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426 pages
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Short-listed for the Ottawa Book Awards, 2010 This is the story of the creation and first four decades of one of Canadas pre-eminent cultural organizations. While it documents the history of Canadas National Arts Centre in Ottawa, it also tells theMoreShort-listed for the Ottawa Book Awards, 2010 This is the story of the creation and first four decades of one of Canadas pre-eminent cultural organizations. While it documents the history of Canadas National Arts Centre in Ottawa, it also tells the story of the arts in Canada from the 1960s to 2006. The story breaks down into three parts: the years of creation and early growth, fuelled by the talent and resources generated by Canadas 1967 Centennial celebration- the turbulent middle years, marked by a dearth of funds and political disinterest- and finally the renaissance, when the decision is made to restore and recast the organization to provide continuing benefit to the performing arts in Canadas capital and the country at large. Written in a documentary style, moving from episode to episode, the story is enriched by the personal memories of those who participated in it, including the leading artists, managers, officials, and politicians who were involved.