And Now for teh Serious

October 16, 2009 at 1:19 pm Leave a comment

99% of the stuff I do to keep a roof over my head involves the arts, working with artists, convincing the public to go see something “weird”, etc.

The government of BC has planned cuts to the provincial agencies that fund the arts of between 90-95%, depending on whose figures you believe, between now and 2011. With a strategic announcement that select funding had been restored, most of the public now thinks everything is ok. But it’s not. It’s SO not.

An actor friend made the excellent point that it’s the wacky, experimental, small arts companies where innovation that eventually makes its way to Hollywood, mainstream design, and video games happens. Those industries are also hanging on by their fingernails, and are not particularly excited about having to do their own r & d from now on.

Another friend, the truly excellent Norman Armour, wrote a Thanksgiving letter to the minister responsible for all of this, which I suggest you read. Norman is ED of the PuSh Festival, founder of Rumble Productions, a splendid actor, and a bit of a deep thinker. So this is long. But worth it, I promise. Click for the full text: Minster_Krueger_message

Please write your MLA, Minister Krueger, and Premier Gordo to let them know that you do not support this action.


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