Arts and culture in Canada can be a refuge, a celebration of diversity and a source of inspiration and connection. Canadians from coast to coast have been global leaders in welcoming Syrian refugees, and the Canada Council for the Arts and Sun Life Financial have created an initiative to welcome our new citizens and connect these new members of our communities to arts organizations.
From April 1st 2016 to March 31st 2017, this new initiative will support eligible arts organizations that wish to provide free admission to recent Syrian refugees to a performance, exhibition or arts event in their communities.
The Canada Council for the Arts has committed $150,000 in savings. Sun Life Financial will contribute $50,000 through its Corporate Social responsibility and Philanthropy Branch.