No Culture, No Future
by Simon Brault
translated by Jonathan Kaplansky
ISBN 9781897151761 | eISBN 9781897151600 | 5.125" x 7.625" | TPB with French Flaps | $21
Categories:Non-Fiction - Essays, Translations
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Synopsis“Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits,” proclaims the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Simon Brault takes these words to heart and goes one step further. In No Culture, No Future, he establishes that arts are not just a right but a necessity. A longtime advocate of the arts in Montreal, Brault has taken action to re-establish that city as one of the most culturally accomplished communities in Canada. No Culture, No Future is part of his campaign to convince the people and governments of cities across Canada that investment in the arts benefits all citizens.
"No Culture, No Future is an important work and essential reading for those looking to better understand the vital role that arts and culture currently play here in Canada and the part that they will need to play in the years to come."
— The Chronicle Herald
"If the arts and culture need advocates, there is no more tireless one than Simon Brault."
— Literary Review of Canada
"The bilingual minister recommends a book by Simon Brault ... Brault's French-language book, Le Facteur C, warns the arts community that it must seek a diversity of funding to survive. It's apparently a book ambitious cultural bureaucrats keep on their bedside table. They all seem to be able to quote it."
"Simon Brault is one of Canada’s more ardent cultural warriors."
— National Post
"Economics play a major role in convincing people of the importance of arts, and Brault recognizes this. But he's not an advocate for simply using economics as the only means of judging culture's worth. It has a fundamental creativity and emotional response that can't be measured, or forgotten."
— FFWD Weekly
"Brault's blueprint should inspire all cultural and civic leaders to be vocal and actively engaged in that future, understanding the power of art to transform."
— Winnipeg Free Press
"[Brault]'s demonstration that the arts in times of economic downturn can actually stimulate the economy, rather than be a drain on it, is fascinating."
"The most important 158 pages you will ever read."
— Reading Art