Vancouver has joined the “Face of the Arts,” a Flickr campaign launched by arts supporters in Golden, BC. to show the face of arts supporters and arts workers around the province. These photos were all taken at The Wrecking Ball, an evening of theatre, satire and protest on November 23, 2009 at Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre. The photo session was organized by the group known as The Social Utilities, and you can see the whole set of photos on the Alliance for Arts’ Flickr. Great photo of award-winning choreographer Serge Bennathan directly below; translated from the French his sign reads ”Culture is important because creativity is the only possible politics.” And Amir is correct; access to culture is considered a human right. See also the Golden BC and Gabriola contributions to the Face of the Arts campaign.
Who are we?This blog is an extension of the website Stop BC Arts Cuts. We are a loose affiliation of arts supporters, artists, curators and arts workers in British Columbia who are fighting to overturn the abrupt, severe, unwarranted, and socially and economically unwise cuts to BC public arts funding. Even before these cuts, BC's arts funding was already well below that of all other provinces of Canada: the national average for provincial arts funding is $26 per capita; BC is now at approximately $6.50 per capita, even after the recent $7m restoration of funds. Ultimately the cuts still stand at approx 50%, amounting to a giant blow for the BC sector and one that will make us uncompetitive. Many organizations are already closing their doors. Meanwhile, every other industrial sector in BC receives substantial subsidies - why make an example of art? Arts funding is not only a crucial component of a homegrown culture industry in a relatively remote region with a small population (and relatively small corporate activity). It's also a lucrative investment that has been proven to fatten, rather than impoverish, the BC tax base (see here), by bringing large returns on every dollar given. Let's not find ourselves with a BC culture consisting of nothing but American TV. Check back regularly to read news about this issue, and to keep informed about our efforts to campaign for the return of these funds, which are: a) promised BC Gaming monies, and b) regular tax base funding for the BC Arts Council. Thank you for reading. To contact us, click here.
- Thank you @JamesMoore_org for reviewing support for @QAFVancouver cc @bifnaked 2 weeks ago
- RT @ArtsAdvocacyBC: "Cuts at Capilano U: Is Worse to Come?" Tyee thetyee.ca/Opinion/2013/0… #bcpoli #vanpoli 2 weeks ago
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- RT @ArtsAdvocacyBC: "The Drought Continues" - See p 157 for state of B.C. arts (pdf). BC ALWAYS LAST IN CANADA ccarts.ca/wp-content/upl… #bcpo… 2 weeks ago
- RT @ArtsAdvocacyBC: Thanks @SChandraHerbert & NDP for promise to raise BC Arts Council to $29m by 2015, highest level in BC history. ... 1 month ago
- Dan Mangan’s “Post-War Blues” video dir. by Kevin Eastwood – statement against government attack on arts
- BC municipal elections – who are your arts candidates?
- Some Spirit Festival” money directed to BC Arts Council, but little & late
- Federal arts cuts coming?
- Dutch political theatre around arts cuts – ad in the New York Times