With one in four artists or culture workers losing their jobs in 2020, Canada’s arts industries have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The cultural sector in Quebec — home to 22 per cent of all artists in Canada — is no exception.
As a response, Concordia’s Faculty of Fine Arts has launched two intensive microprograms aimed at retraining people in the arts who want to shift gears into new creative and professional opportunities.
“The new microprograms show how universities can respond quickly to crises in the arts sector,” says Annie Gérin, dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts.
“Many artists and cultural workers find themselves in precarious situations now. We hope these offerings will help to expand their skill base so they can apply their expertise across multiple artistic fields.”
The programs also reflect Concordia’s long history of making university education accessible to people throughout their lives, no matter what their background, Gérin adds.
“We want to grow the diversity of our student body by offering these short-term, targeted microprograms to candidates who are not currently in a position to undertake a more traditional bachelor of fine arts degree.”