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Calgary city council rejects freeze, instead plans to nearly double arts agency funding

CADA's yearly budget to increase from $6.4M to $11.4M

City council voted 10-5 Wednesday against a motion that would have frozen the Calgary Arts Development Authority's funding and plans instead to nearly double the agency's budget next year.

This year, the city gave CADA $6.4 million. The city's proposed four-year budget would set aside $11.4 million for the organization in 2019.
Coun. Sean Chu, who brought forward the motion for the freeze, said it's not the right time to boost funding in Calgary.

'I believe art is a want': councillor 
"There's need and there's want, and I believe art is a want," said Chu.

But Coun. Jeff Davison disagreed, saying the investment in the arts is a key part of the city's economic development strategy that can pay off in terms of jobs, not to mention how a thriving arts scene can attract investors to a city. To read the full article, click HERE


Source: CBC

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