What were your hopes for this performance?
“In the arts community, lines are being drawn between people who are part of [the Olympics] and people who aren’t. People are upset about cuts to arts funding. My hope was to galvanize us again because the arts community has always had a strong united front.”
Keep an eye out for this series of articles in the Vancouver Sun. On the verge of a massive Cultural Olympiad and the celebrated contemporary PuSh festival, this series offers a little perspective on the cultural importance of festivals to Vancouverites. Some of us build our holidays around local festivals …
“… we continue a series of essays that aim to deepen our understanding of the world in which we live, and offer provocative and informed views on cultural issues.”
VANCOUVER — As the city anticipates the opening of the PuSh Festival on Wednesday, with the massive, eight-week Cultural Olympiad hot on its heels, it makes sense to reflect upon how we chronicle the most social expression of artistic culture: the festival.
Vancouver’s lively arts scene and rich festival tradition are hallmarks of the city’s cultural identity.
A raft of arts festivals sprouted up within a few years of each other in the 1980s and early 1990s, a very rich time for Vancouver culture: among them, the Vancouver International Fringe Festival in 1985, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival in 1989, and the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival in 1990. The Vancouver International Jazz Festival was first mounted in 1986, and the International Folk Music Festival goes back even further, having been founded in 1978. With their long histories, these festivals have become traditions that many Vancouverites have grown up with.
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Recently I had the privilege of producing a PSA with Jenn Strom for the Alliance for Arts and Culture in response to the BC government’s funding cuts to the arts. About a month ago the Vancouver arts community put together a huge rally at the Vancouver Art Gallery. This PSA starts with that event.
Thanks to a big community of flickr photographers and several BC artists (listed below) who contributed their time, images and music to this video. Very special thanks to Jenn for contributing her talent and insight.
Please share it widely and spread the word.
Featured photography: Russ Beinder, Jeremy Crowle, Jurek Durczak, Derek von Essen, Dan Fairchild, Electric Company Theatre, Jonathon Evans, Gale Franey, John Goldsmith, Ivan Grabovac, hundrednorth, Ahmad & Graça Kavousian, Peter Kim, Mark Klotz, Kris Krug, Joao Marcelino, Jenn Perutka, Philip, Tony Puerzer, Philippe Sokazo, Susannah Steers, Peter Suk Sin Chan, Vancouver Opera.
If you would like to speak out, follow this link to a webform where you can write in support of BC arts.
In Rossland, winter promises a flurry of skiers and snowboarders not just on the slopes, but on the big screen as well. Cued to roll November 19 – 22, the 10th annual Rossland Mountain Film Festival will usher locals and visitors alike into screening rooms throughout town for four days of film, visual arts, music and multi-media productions.
Screening work from up-and-coming Kootenay filmmakers, photographers and visual artists (think: reel upon reel set to immortalize a region where powder is king), this marquee event kicks off Thursday with cool beats and plenty of libations during a gala gathering in the town’s Old Fire Hall. Friday follows with screenings for all ages, and late night festivities for the older set, complete with feature films and a live band.
Let’s see a huge turnout tomorrow at the Vancouver Art Gallery in Vancouver and the BC Arts Council offices in Victoria.
btw, the big grey square below isn’t a missing graphic. It’s a metaphor for a world without culture.
Media Release: Sept 8, 2009
From the Direct Action Committee of the Alliance for Arts and Culture.
CULTURE MATTERS – DON’T TORCH THE ARTS!
We call on all those who believe in the value of arts and culture in our communities to join a rally at noon on Wednesday, September 9th in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery to bring public attention to the recently announced, brutal cuts to our sector by the BC government.
Funding to the arts and culture sector has NOT been restored; the provincial government is planning to cut over 80% of what has consisted of only 1/20th of 1% of the provincial budget. No other provinces in Canada have reduced support for a sector that, according to government statistics, produces significant returns on investment. This is a sector that creates both social and economic capital. ART WORKS!
We ask you to consider the ways that arts and culture touch your daily lives at home, in the streets, your children in schools, community centres, on TV, your music, on the internet, in videogames and in theatres, museums and galleries. We ask you to think about culture as part of our individual and community identities, a way to connect with our diverse origins…with who we are today and with what we care about. Arts and culture are woven into the fabric of our daily lives. The arts are NOT A FRILL!
Our symbol is a grey and empty rectangle, a metaphor for a world without art and culture.
Please join us.
Brenda Leadlay: email@example.com or 778-990-2690
Judith Marcuse: Judith@jmprojects.ca or 604-319-8436
By Charles Campbell, 4 September 2009, TheTyee.ca
Why has the provincial government singled out the arts for the most brutal budget cuts it has inflicted on any sector of the economy?
The numbers are remarkable — a decline in core funding over two years of more than 88 per cent, from $19.5 million down to $2.25 million, according to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture service plan released after the budget update on Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, NDP culture critic Spencer Herbert figured that when cuts to gaming funding are included there is a 92 per cent overall cut over the same period, from $47.8 million in 2008-09 down to $3.7 million in 2010-11.
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BY DENISE RYAN, VANCOUVER SUN
AUGUST 30, 2009 6:40 PM
VANCOUVER — Dozens of arts organizations received word late Friday that the provincial government is slashing their gaming grants, including groups that had been guaranteed three-year funding.
“It’s a disaster,” said Bryan Pike, executive director of Word on the Street, which may have to cut literacy programs.
The $20-million in cuts will hobble the arts community, said Spencer Herbert, NDP critic for tourism, arts and culture.
Arts community members were in shock and tears at Herbert’s Denman street constituency office yesterday as they scrambled to come up with a plan.
Some even suggested a class-action lawsuit against the B.C. Liberal government, said Herbert.
Read the entire article here.
The Olio festival, a new independent festival here, gets up and running tonight on the streets of Gastown, one of four neighbourhoods the festival will take place in.
“(Vancouver is) only 150 years old,” (Olio organizer) Jason Sulyma says.
“Montreal’s 400-plus years old. When you go visit other places that are older, you learn from them.
“It’s like hanging out with your older brother or sister and you start listening to the same records.
“You just take that little mental note from the bigger city and just wait for the time.”
“This whole year has been about doing stuff rather than just talking about it,” says Sulyma.
“We’re just really sick of people yapping away late at night and not doing anything with themselves.”
He laughs: “So we did it pretty much out of spite.”
A master behind the lens, Mike is a veteran of 36 years, almost every Olympics since Montreal in 1976, the Read Report in the 80’s (with Crazy Canuck Ken Read), and an endless series of accomplished work ever since.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with him often over the past 10 years, especially enjoying our many shoots for the Beijing Games last summer, and our recent shoot at Elk Lake this year.
Congratulations Mike on a career that few can equal, thank you for your insights and humour, and best of luck in your retirement.
I expect to see you looking through a viewfinder somewhere very soon.
Over a study break at SFU a few years ago Reece took over a men’s washroom and created a tour de force installation which I profiled for CBC Television and cbc.ca.
“American Standard is an installation that featured fifteen functional urinals arranged in a pyramid formation on the wall of the men’s washroom in the Alexander Centre studio at Simon Fraser University.”
Congratulations to Reece on “Ought Apartment”! A must see at the VAG.
Vancouver Art Gallery Exhibition, May 6-September 20, 2009
Ought Apartment is a six-storey installation that features six full-scale apartments stacked one upon the other. Each apartment level is fully furnished exclusively with original items from the 1950s though to the present decade and includes a kitchen, living room and bathroom. Each floor represents the look of one particular decade, thus becoming emblematic of that period’s interior design and domestic living.
Ought Apartment calls attention to the cyclical nature of fashion within home décor and our total compliance in keeping up-to-date, and is also a critique of the ethical and environmental costs to which we will satisfy the ideal that our home is a reflection of ourselves.
This work has been commissioned by the Vancouver Art Gallery for installation in 2009.
Process shots and concept drawings for Ought Apartment can be seen at the Jennifer Kostuik Gallery.
Canadian Art featured the Kostuik Exhibition, February 5-March 21, 2009.