Calgary Arts Development’s “hospice” grant means orgs facing hard decisions don’t have to walk alone – and don’t exit uncelebrated

When Kyle Russell, interim director of Alberta Theatre Projects (ATP), hears on the radio that the Alberta government is banning all gatherings of 250 people or more, he’s on his way to Walmart in search of hand sanitizer. The entire front-of-house staff is scouring Calgary for the elusive product – a quest shared by millions…

Book cover of Philanthropy: from Aristotle to Zuckerberg.

Book Review: Philanthropy: From Aristotle to Zuckerberg

Philanthropy: From Aristotle to Zuckerberg, by Paul Vallely. Bloomsbury Publishing, London; 2020; 756 pp. ISBN HB 978-1-4729-2012-6 If you have been looking for a comprehensive history of the concept and practice of Western philanthropy, you have it now in the form of this lengthy but very readable book by Paul Vallely, a British writer and…

Illustration by Paul Dotey.

Art, After Virus: Seven Questions for a Sector on the Edge

A little more than a year ago, the Metcalf Foundation collaborated with The Philanthropist to curate a series on the public value of arts and culture in Canada. At that time, we were keen to highlight artists’ voices and illuminate the potency and variety of the arts’ contributions to Canada. As long-time cultural funders, we…

Illustration by Paul Dotey.

A Leading Role: How Philanthropy Can Support Arts and Culture in Canada

This is the sixth and final installment in our series about arts and culture philanthropy. The series is published as a collaboration between The Philanthropist and The Metcalf Foundation.   A few years ago, at the Metcalf Foundation, we began to think about developing a new granting stream for our performing arts program. Recognizing the value of including…

Un rôle clé : Comment la philanthropie peut soutenir les arts et la culture au Canada

Il y a quelques années, à la Fondation Metcalf, nous avons commencé à réfléchir au développement d’un nouveau volet de subventionnement pour notre programme consacré aux arts de la scène. En reconnaissant l’importance de faire participer des membres de la communauté au processus de conception, nous avons décidé de poser une simple question à 100 artistes…