by Marlene Alt - 0 Comments
Bharatanatyam dancer. Photo: Jim Bachalo
It’s been almost a year since I first blogged about the Canada Dance Mapping Study. And what do we have to show for it? Most significantly, we have a better understanding of the scope of knowledge missing for our map of the dance field. In other words, there are many, many gaps. But we do have solid data in some areas, largely professional dance practices and infrastructure, dance that is of European origin, and the professional landscape in specific parts of the country (particularly Quebec).
by Mark Wainberg - 0 Comments
2012 Killam Prize-winner Mark A. Wainberg and artist AA Bronson at the Royal Ontario Museum unveiling of the AIDS sculpture by the Canadian arts collective General Idea. Photo: © Linda Dawn Hammond / IndyFoto.com 2006
It’s not often that a scientist can claim to have played an important role in drug discovery. That’s why I’m so proud that our lab was the first to identify the antiviral activity of 3TC, a drug that is now widely used around the world in the treatment of HIV disease and has been called Canada’s most important drug discovery since insulin. With this discovery, I have the honour of being part of a relatively small group of clinicians and scientists who have converted HIV disease from what used to be a death sentence into a chronic manageable disease – at least in the richer countries of the world…
by Marlene Alt - 7 Comments
In 2010, the staff of the Canada Council and several other arts funders raised the idea of doing a comprehensive study of the full spectrum of dance in Canada to answer questions like: How many people in Canada are dancing – professionally, recreationally, socially, commercially and across all disciplines? How many public schools champion dance? How many performance venues are receptive to dance? Is there an urban/rural divide? What are the hot and cold dance spots in the country? Can we profile dance supporters – parents of dance students, volunteers, donors, audiences? Where does dance cross over from the arts to other sectors like education, health or justice?
Artists of the Ballet during a Dance About performance. Photo: Bruce Zinger / Courtesy of The National Ballet of Canada
The idea took hold, gained momentum and resulted in a Dance Conversation hosted here at the Council last March. The Canada Dance Mapping Study was born, and will provide an evidence-based profile of the breadth and depth of dance activity in Canada, for a better understanding of the infrastructure of the discipline and its impact on society. As the study’s name suggests, it is meant to draw a picture. Like a map, it indicates what is where (and in our case adds the who). Maps don’t say that “a river would be nice here,” or “a small town is missing from this region.” Likewise, the study is not a needs analysis, an advocacy piece, or plan for the future of dance or dance funding (though the results of our research could be used towards those ends).