Grey is the Colour of a World Without Art
Tara Travis - photo by Richard Wolfe
On Wednesday September 9th, well over 500 people who believe that culture matters came together at the Vancouver Art Gallery to protest the dismantlement of government involvement in Arts and Culture in British Columbia. According to the Alliance for Arts, between 85% and 92% of core provincial funding for arts and culture will be cut by 2012 from both tax-based and non-tax-based (gaming) streams. No other province in Canada has reduced support for the arts sector during the current recession because they understand that the cultural sector makes both social and economic sense. In fact, the arts are a critical part of many stimulus strategies being enacted around the world.
If you'd like to stay in touch with what's going on in the struggle to keep the cultural sector working in BC, visit www.allianceforarts.com
If you care that the arts touches your life in a way that matters - at home, in the streets, in the schools, in the community centres, on TV, in your music, in video games and theatres, you may want to write your MLA or the premiere of the province.
The arts are not a frill.
This grey and empty rectangle is being adopted as a metaphor for a world without art and culture.