CSDA/CCAD:
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 The Canadian Society of Decorative Arts/Cercle canadien des arts décoratifs

Our Vision: To enhance the importance of decorative arts and design in Canada

Our mandate as an organization is to:

  • Promote a broader awareness and appreciation of the decorative arts in Canada
  • Provide an educational forum for the decorative arts through programming and publications
  • Foster a community through membership and social events
  • Inspire and promote excellence in the field of decorative arts

The Canadian Society of Decorative Arts/ Cercle canadien des arts décoratifs is a national non-profit organization (Registered Charitable Organization No. 886343391RR0001). Founded in 1980 with the generous support of the MacDonald Stewart Foundation, it is governed by an Executive Committee and Honorary Council.

CSDA/CCAD is governed by a board of directors elected from its membership, with an appropriate structure of standing and special committees. There is a Chair, President, Vice-President, Treasurer and a Secretary. In addition to regular meetings on a national and provincial level, there is an Annual Meeting at which Society affairs, policy, and programmes are discussed by the membership.


"The decorative arts help us understand history"

"The decorative arts - are not only pleasing to look at, but tell us much about the people who owned and used them. The decorative arts help us understand the development of style and taste, and at the same time provide important insights into social and economic history."

- Alexandra McCurdy
Past Honorary Council Member and Ceramic Artist




The Canadian Society of Decorative Arts/ Cercle canadien des arts décoratifs was formed, with the generous support
of the Macdonald Stewart Foundation, to provide a forum for all those interested in the decorative arts.
© 2019 Canadian Society of Decorative Arts / Cercle canadien des arts décoratifs