As previously reported, ALAS has partnered with a number of other arts-sector legal clinics and other organizations across Canada to help create a National Network of Legal Clinics for the Arts. Now, the next phase in the National Network project will be the establishment of seven regional, independently-run legal clinics to provide legal information to artists and arts organizations across Canada. These clinics will work to address gaps in the delivery of legal information, education, and advice.
This multi-phased project will help to build the infrastructure for regional hubs representing artists and arts organizations in every area of Canada and will include an Indigenous Advisory to address the unique challenges that Indigenous artists and arts organizations face every day, The National Network of Legal Clinics for the Arts is currently working to establish the regional committees of arts service organizations that will define the shape of these clinics in collaboration with committed lawyers in their area.
There is going to be a Virtual Forum on May 11, 12, 13, 2021 where these regional committees will gather to share knowledge and lay out plans for the evolution of this important and necessary project. ALAS will share more information on the Virtual Forum as it becomes available. For more information on the National Network project, visit https://www.legalclinicsforthearts.ca/.