The Power Plant

HORIZON: Basic Income and the Imperative for Moral Leadership from the Arts

Sat May 01 2021

10:00 AM – 1:30 AM



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The Power Plant co-presents this panel discussion with CARFAC Ontario. The panel will be moderated by Jason Samilski, Managing Director of CARFAC Ontario, and will explore what a Basic Income Guarantee is, how it would benefit artists and all Canadians, and how artists are well-positioned to provide leadership.


Craig Berggold is a key organizer for The Case for Basic Income and the Arts campaign. He is the co-author of an open letter calling on the Canadian government to implement a basic income for all, and signed by 3,000 artists and endorsed by 30+ organizations representing 75,000 artists, writers, technicians and performers. The campaign garnered national and international media attention, and highlighted how artists have lived precariously for decades without benefits or pensions. Craig is a filmmaker, photographer, and intermittent teacher.

Elaine Power is a Professor in the School of Kinesiology & Health Studies and Head of the Department of Gender Studies at Queen’s University. Her research bridges Food Studies and Public Health Sociology. She is an outspoken critic of food banks, which serve as a smokescreen to cover up government inaction on poverty. Elaine was a founding member of the Kingston Action Group for a Basic Income Guarantee and is co-author of the forthcoming book, The Case for Basic Income: Freedom, Security, Justice (Between the Lines Press, May 2021).

Kyle Charles is a writer/illustrator living in Edmonton, Alberta. He has drawn for several series including Marvel Voices: Indigenous Voices and covers for Batman. He has also written and illustrated short stories for publishers like Heavy Metal and OnSpec Magazine.


In Fall 2018, The Power Plant and YYZ Artists' Outlet teamed up with seven other contemporary visual art and film organizations in Toronto for a two-year initiative, called HORIZON, funded with an Open Door grant from the Toronto Arts Council. During the first phase, the nine partner organizations conducted focus groups and town halls to gather information about the needs of emerging and established artists in and around Toronto. Now into the second phase, the organizations are developing and offering programs that address some of the artists’ needs.



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