Stop the Arts Cuts!

Arts organizations more than ever need to think sustainably, collectively and responsibly, given the serious cuts in Canadian arts funding. Everywhere in the country, arts professionals are wondering whether the next cut will come from the city, province or the federal government. Like a tsunami, the cuts are threatening to swamp vulnerable cultural expressions and organizations.

It all started in 2008, when the federal government’s international touring grants were cancelled. Last year brought devastating cuts in arts and culture funding in BC, followed by Alberta a few months later. A few weeks ago and in the same spirit, an anxious arts community witnessed the verbal assault of the internationally-acclaimed Quebec dancer Margie Gillis on the new Sun television channel.

It’s clear that we are just in the middle of this sad story. This week brought news that two national, Ottawa-based, arts service organizations, the Cultural Human Resources Council and the 60-year old Canadian Conference of the Arts will lose their federal funding.

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Source: CDA Press Release

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