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04. Artsy, But Not Fartsy: The Business of the Arts

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Almost one million young aboriginal Canadians will enter the workforce by the year 2006. The numbers raise hopes for the future of aboriginal populations-and some difficult questions. Where will today's young aboriginals work and how will they get trained? And in this age of technology colonialism, how will they gain, or retain cultural traditions and language? In light of the fact that many aboriginal communities have lost their language, or are in danger of doing so, the challenges are real indeed. Some communities have gone as far as mandating aboriginal language immersion from grades one to three. Elders in those communities say they are working today for the benefit of seven generations in the future. Other communities have implemented innovative youth training programs. In this edition of Venturing Forth, we look at some of tWhether you’re a painter, a musician, a writer, or a filmmaker; to be successful one has to realize that your discipline is a business like any other. You have to know how to handle the ins and outs of the art world biz.  The ones that take the business end of things seriously usually achieve greater success, or at least aren’t taken advantage of. The ones that don’t do this may achieve some level of success, but can it be a lasting one?

This episode of Venturing Forth will profile the successes and the lessons that First Nations artists from several disciplines have achieved. We profile a young musician, an artist, and a writer who have all learned that you can’t just wait for your “big break” - you have to make your break.

Locations: Vancouver and Kamloops, British Columbia.

View a printer friendly version of this page...Copyright Date: 2004 Length: 25 minutes Library Audience:
  • General Interest
  • School Audience:
  • Grades 6 - 12
  • Post-Secondary Education
  • Subjects:
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Business and Marketing
  • Canadian History
  • Formats Available:
  • DVD
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