Paul Schafer

Founder and Director of the World Culture Project based in Markham, Canada ( He has worked in the arts and cultural field for more than five decades as an author, advisor, educator, administrator, and researcher.

He was Assistant Director of the Ontario Arts Council from 1967 to 1970, a founder and Director of York University’s Programme in Arts and Media Administration from 1970 to 1974, and Coordinator of the Cooperative Programme in Arts Administration and the Cooperative Programme in International Development at the University of Toronto from 1984 to 1990.
Paul has taught arts administration and cultural policy at York University and the University of Toronto, undertaken a number of missions for UNESCO, and executed many projects for Canada’s Department of External Affairs and other government departments and organizations in Canada. He was originally trained as an economist and taught economics for several years before entering the cultural field, specializing in international development, principles of economics, and the history of economic thought.

His many books on culture and Canadian culture include Culture: Beacon of the Future, Revolution or Renaissance: Making the Transition from an Economic Age to a Cultural Age, Aspects of Canadian Cultural Policy, The Age of Culture, The Secrets of Culture, and, most recently, Celebrating Canadian Creativity. He lives and works in Markham, Canada.

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