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Cultural policy and government: "there is a growing literature demonstrating the importance of the arts and culture in the economic vitality of places both as a growth sector in itself and as a contributor to quality of life, enhancing population growth and retention." (from Cultural policy in Saskatchewan, 2010)
Canadian Heritage is the e principal federal department responsible for cultural matters. From their website: "Canadian Heritage is responsible for national policies and programs that promote Canadian content, foster cultural participation, active citizenship and participation in Canada's civic life, and strengthen connections among Canadians."
Usually referred to as the Canada Council, this is a national arm's-length agency which fosters the development of the arts in Canada through grants, services, and awards to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations.
Canadian Commission for Unesco acts as a forum for governments and civil society to mobilize the participation of Canadian organizations and committed individuals in UNESCO's mandated areas: education, natural and social sciences, culture and communication and information.
The Parliament of Canada has a searchable site for Senate and House of Commons debates, committees, reports and proceedings including:
Research publications on Canadian cultural issues prepared for parliamentarians to review topical issues e.g. http://www.cscd.gov.bc.ca/arts_culture/Federal government policy on arts and culture, by Michael Dewing (rev. ed. 2013)
Learning and Cultural Expression (Ministry of Communities, Culture and Heritage)
Nova Scotia Arts & Culture Consultation: summary report 2010
For information from countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, use the custom Google search engines on our Government Information page to locate government sites engaged in cultural policy issues. The sites below represent governments that have strongly identified cultural portals.
For American cultural policy, agencies and history start with the History, Arts and Culture section of the USA.gov web portal which includes federal, state and municipal sites. A keyword search on this site for 'cultural policy' finds publications from a wide range of institutions including the Smithsonian Institution.
Library of Congress American Memory Project provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity.
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) is the membership organization that unites, represents and serves the nation's state and jurisdictional arts agencies. Each of the 56 states and jurisdictions has created an agency to support excellence in and access to the arts.
For historical information on the New Deal and government support for the arts:
International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
An international non-governmental organization that works for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage places which has a Canadian arm: ICOMOS Canada
Canada Council for the Arts
Listed here are non-governmental websites that have resources relating to cultural policy. Click on the 'Government information' tab for websites from official sources.