Archive for the 'Government Arts Cuts' Category

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One Thought about Luminato Festival

One thought about Luminato Festival. Image: new.pentagram.com Founded by by Tony Gagliano and David Pecaut, the first festival took place in 2007 with a $15-million-dollar reserve fund. (I blogged about Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s piece that year.) Now, as this recent article in the Globe and Mail states: “the festival is without guaranteed long-term funding from the province and has a looming
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Government Grants: Preaching to the Choir?

I’ve been thinking recently about Canada’s arts granting system. With all this talk of financial reform, from the global to the municipal levels (hello, Rob Ford), maybe it’s time we looked at whether the granting system in Canada could use some reform of its own. Image: canadianart.ca Federal, provincial and municipal arts councils are all arms length agencies of the
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Coffee with Jeff Melanson, Rob Ford’s Culture Man

This morning, I met with Jeffrey Melanson, Mayor Rob Ford’s special advisor on the arts. We were introduced through the wonderful Will Huffman, at the Toronto Art Council. Jeff Melanson. Image: 123nonstop.com Though we had originally planned an interview, he asked to wait to answer my questions and instead suggested that we meet for coffee. The first thing you notice
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Get with the Program, Canada Council

This evening, members of the Toronto arts community gathered at the Four Seasons Centre for an “open reception” hosted by the Canada Council. The Toronto arts community, listening to speeches. Image: VoCA Luckily, I arrived late, mid-way through the interminably dull speeches in which speakers bandied about terms like ‘synergy’ and other corporate boardspeak. My first impression was that this
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Government Support of the Arts: Good or Bad?

In Edmonton, a writer’s despair over provincial arts cuts is both convincing and less so on Government arts support. “Alberta artists have taken the latest news of a 15-per-cent cut (to the arts) in their stride”, says Marliss Weber in SEE magazine. Andrew Rucklidge, Sleeper, 2009. Image: courtesy the artist. She continues, “Art allows us to express ourselves, which is
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VoCA Loves GG Michaëlle Jean: Connecting Citizens to the Arts!

VoCA loves our GG.  She understands the value of arts and culture.  Last week in Montreal, Governor General Michaëlle Jean gave this statement: “Culture must be able to express itself everywhere and always, and be accessible to as many people as possible, for it bears within it our choices, our hopes, our memory and our imagination.” I See What You
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A lost opportunity for Toronto’s Arts and Culture

It’s frustrating that the powers that be in Toronto seem to have such little interest in placing value on arts and culture. A billboard by the Economist. The light is triggered by a motion sensor. Image: objectivemarketer.com Sure, we’ve got Nuit Blanche and the amazing Luminato festival, both of which are truly wonderful, but when it comes to an innovative
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Less Billboards, More Art! Please Support This Cause

This just in from the Department of Culture, a community of artists and arts professionals who organized themselves in the wake of the Harper Government’s brutal cuts to the arts in the past year, in order to ensure “the social and cultural health and prosperity of our nation in the face of a Federal Government that is aggressively undermining the
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From Vancouver With Not-so-Much Love…

We were just forwarded this letter by the excellent Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia. It was sent by the gallery’s director and curator, Scott Watson. According to an article in The Tyee, there has been a decline in core funding over two years of more than 88 per cent in British Columbia, from
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Donating to Museums: Canada Needs More Incentives

A New York Democratic senator has introduced a bill that could make the process of gifting artworks to museums easier for Americans. Sen. Charles Schumer has introduced the bill in reaction to museums’ complaints of sharp declines in art donations. The full article, HERE, explains it in more detail but it does make VoCA think that a similar bill should
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