Archive for the 'Government Arts Cuts' Category

Conservative Cultural Spending and Museum Struggles

We’ve wondered about the Conservative Government’s plan for cultural spending for some time now. It has started to seem like a sinister re-evaluation of cultural priorities and this scares VoCA. Ken Lum, What an Idiot. Image: burnaway.org Few people are talking about it, but here is an excellent piece by David Akin in the National Post: “The argument, it seems
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The Conservatives Taketh Away, and the Conservatives Giveth

After the Conservative government made $44.8-million cuts to the arts last year, they have slowly been re-injecting money into other cultural programs. We can see their standpoint – that they need to get value from their money, and that they cut programs that weren’t working as well and support those that do – but we’re curious what you think. We
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News: B.C. Government Slashes Arts Funding

There appears to be some confusion over recent cuts announced to arts and culture in British Columbia. Image: Wikimedia.org Here’s how Plank Magazine breaks it down: For the upcoming fiscal year, the provincial government in BC is reducing its spending on arts and culture by 40% from $19.5 million to $11.9 million. Plus, the income from the new $150 million
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The Canada Prize: A Good Thing for Canada

The Canada Prize for the Arts may be the most important thing to happen to the cultural landscape in this country, ever. …And yet many in the arts, especially in Quebec, are crying. Image: osmoothie.com Considering that our country’s visual arts have been viewed as a cultural backwater (probably by ourselves, mainly) ever since the American Armory Show of 1913
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Well, well, well…Harper Government ‘Repairs’ Arts Cuts Damage

Check out this article on how Prime Minister Stephen Harper is trying to repair the damage caused by his cultural slash-and-burn: “The new funding will reportedly include $100 million for arts festivals, music, and comedy across the country and $60 million for the Cultural Spaces Canada program, which constructs and maintains theaters, museums, and other cultural buildings….” Hmm….Mr. Nice Guy?
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2008 – The year in Canadian Art

1. Prime Minister Stephen Harper ignores the arts. Consequently, art becomes a political issue across the country as Quebec gives Harper the hairy eyeball. 2. The new AGO opens – Frank Gehry’s renovation of Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario is deemed an unqualified success, perhaps partly due to the budgetary constraints he was under. It’s simple in material, but opulent
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VoCA Applauds…Obama’s Arts Platform

From the November 1 issue of the Globe and Mail, Jeremy Gerard writes from New York: Barack Obama…is the first White House contender to include a far-reaching arts plank in his platform. Barack Obama…looking good. Image: dcpox.com The proposals range from increased support for arts education and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to changing the U.S. federal tax
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VoCA Loves…Christie Blatchford

Charles Pachter, The Painted Flag, 1981. Image: cpachter.com Food for thought by Ms. Blatchford from a recent issue of the Globe and Mail… “…Artists, while precious and important to the nation, are not fragile and ought not to be infantilized. They don’t need coddling and protection from government; they don’t need their work to be judged only kindly or only
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News: Canada’s Anti-Harper Department of Culture sees results

There are 5 days to go until the election…. [youtube]h1jOczj7Mmo[/youtube] The Toronto Star says: As Tuesday’s election looms, artists across Canada have a message for culture lovers: Don’t get mad, get Stephen. Read the rest of the article HERE On Torontoist.com, Johnnie Walker writes: “In retaliation against the positively terrifying notion of a Conservative majority government, groups like Vote For
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One Victory for Canadian Culture: Government backtracks on Bill C-10

THANK GOODNESS.  In a move that seems designed to respond to the brou-haha over the Conservative government cuts to the arts, particularly in Quebec where they are very – rightfully – angry, Prime Minister Harper’s Conservative Government has decided NOT to reintroduce Bill C-10, the bill that would eliminate tax credits to films deemed to be “contrary to public policy.”
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