There was an interesting article in the Montreal Gazette this weekend about arts and the federal election—a topic I hadn't seen discussed much this time out. It's certainly worth a read, as it polls some major arts advocacy orgs on their views re: the election. An excerpt:
Blindsided by $45 million in budget cuts before the fall 2008 federal election, the artistic community across the country and especially in Quebec vowed to drive Stephen Harper's Conservatives from power.
In the end, Harper won, the artists lost, and the cuts went ahead. Now, better organized both at the provincial and national level, the artists want their message heard more than ever.
But compared to the outrage of 2008, they're going about in a very polite, very Canadian way.
Without much fanfare, Quebec's Mouvement pour les arts et les lettres, which represents 14,000 artists, asked all five major federal parties to outline what they have in store for culture if elected.
The Quebec group wants to know where the parties stand on three issues: more funding for the Canada Council for the Arts, more funding for promotion of Quebec arts abroad, and anything else that'll have a "positive effect" on arts and culture.
Deadline for answers: the end of Friday. Results so far: unknown.
Read on for the rest at the Gazette.
A few other links that might be of interest on this front:
Cube Gallery in Ottawa is holding a local candidates panel (sans Conservative candidate) tomorrow, Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30pm
The artist group Department of Culture has put out a call for election-related projects and posted a whack of resources on their site
Happy, er, polling!
(Image of 2008 arts election rally by Dave Sidaway for the Montreal Gazette)
Monday, April 18, 2011
Posted by Leah Sandals at 10:57 PM