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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.