Groups working to fight BC arts and culture cuts

November 17, 2009 Posted by Elaine in Arts

There are several groups and activities you can be in touch with, get involved in or attend in order to help fight the proposed BC arts cuts. A loose coalition of artists and organization has launched a website which is both informative and allows you to send email to the BC government: www.stopbcartscuts.ca And, you can attend Wrecking Ball at the Vogue Theatre on Monday, November 23. For information: www.stopbcartscuts.ca/thewreckingball The Alliance for Arts and Culture counts 350 arts organizations as members and has been a driving force in protesting the proposals. Their website has a wealth of information. www.allianceforarts.com Also, there is a group on Facebook you may want to join called “Organizing against Campbell’s cuts to the arts”. More...

This holiday season, send help!

Posted by Elaine in Arts

This holiday season we are urging our friends, colleagues and clients to support the arts in BC. The BC government has announced its intention to chop arts funding by 92 per cent over the next three years. The current 47 million budget will be slashed to just under $3 million dollars. Besides letting the government know what you think of these crippling cuts, we’re suggesting you promote BC arts and culture. Support artists, writers, artisans, musicians and their businesses and organizations. If you exchange gifts during the holiday season, consider subscribing to BC magazines, sharing BC books and visual art or music. Buy tickets or make donations to your favourite theatre company or festival. Go to a gallery or volunteer your time. Here’s a list of some of the groups, people and businesses we work for, are friends with or simply love! Not all of them have been hit by the government’s funding cuts. But all of them are worthy of your support. And you can start this weekend! You have an excellent opportunity to see and buy the work of hundreds of artists and artisans at the annual Eastside Culture Crawl. And then there’s: Vancouver Folk Music Festival Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture Coastal Sound International Choral Festival Coastal Sound Music Academy Vancouver Review BC Bookworld Beats Without Borders Momentum Magazine Coastal Jazz and Blues Society Vancouver International Film Festival PUSH International Performing Arts Festival The BC Arts Council New Star Books Solo Collective Duthie Books Ronsdale Press Arts Starts Headlines Theatre Alliance for Arts and Culture Firehall Theatre Vancouver East Cultural Centre We'd love to hear your suggestions for arts groups that you care about. More...