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Sep 25, 2008


A question that was bothering me is why Harper would have made these cuts to the arts just before he was about to call an election. I actually started to feel a bit like a part of a problem rather than part of the solution because I felt that I played into Harpers dirty little hand by working to bring attention to the issue and then fighting to have it as a an election issue.

An article I read last night (and if the writer sees this, please post your article) outlined his theory about how Harper has been working to get the Canadian elections in line with the US elections. The article outlined the moves Harper made in order to get these elections to line up with the Sates as a favour to our US neighbours.

After reading the article, my original question still bothered me. I was asking myself what it was that Harper was aiming to over-shadow by strategically making these cuts before calling an election…what are we diverting attention from?

The answer dawned on me today. As MK Piatkowski wrote in her blog, “The cuts are being positioned as ineffective, wasteful programs that benefited people who didn't deserve to be supported.” Harper made the cuts when he did because he knew artists would rise against them, get attention, and get the other parties to fight to have arts reinstated…make the cuts an election issue. In this time of economic hardship Harper would present himself as the strong leader who will make hard decisions that are economically responsible while the other parties are painted as frivolous spenders. Harper did not make the cuts to try to overshadow anything; his strategy was to give himself a strong arm appearance in attempt to win his position back as he fulfilled the favour for his US political friends.

MK Piatkowski (in the blog linked) is right. “The government is playing the economic card and the only way right now to even be heard is to play the card right back. Which means talking about art as investment…” And this is what the other parties need to do as well. Artist cannot be presented as individuals in need, nor can they be presented as the elitists which Harper tried to portray them as to those “three ordinary folks.” Art is business, small business, okay, but it is business and needs to be represented as that…investments and returns.

Thank you.

And thank to:
MK Piatkowski, http://onebigumbrella.blogspot.com/2008/09/economic-argument.html
Have not found that other article yet...will post when i do

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Posted: Sep 25, 2008 3:05pm
Sep 12, 2008
Canadian art & culture is being grossly slashed. The conservative government has cut $48 million from art based programs including: Prom-Art, A-V Preservation Trust, Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund, the National Training of Schools Program, and the Trade Routes Program...and it continues rising. I, with the help & support of Penn Kemp, have created a Facebook page to make a call to action. Note: at the time I created the page it was only the $4.8 million Prom-Art Program that had been slashed) Join us: "Save Prom-Art: Promote Canadian Arts & Culture" http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=27449691026 And you may want to check this idea out as well. I rather like it so offered to promote it: "Actions of Absence” http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=24952892339

 September 15th my profile picture will be replaced with the "faceless for the Arts" image which is a sign of my protest to the Canadian Government's cuts to the Arts programs. My group, "Save Prom-Art: Promote Canadian Arts & Culture" uniting with the "FACELESS GROUP" and a form of "ACTIONS of ABSENCE" will result in thousands of faceless images on Facebook come September 15th. Anyone here who wants to show there support..Canadian or not...is welcome and appreciated...

Thank You, E N-B
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Posted: Sep 12, 2008 12:02pm
Aug 30, 2008

This is a call to Canadians.

Canadian art & culture is being grossly slashed. 

The conservative government has cut upward of $18 million (I've seen number indicating that it's actually $48 million) from art based programs including: Prom-Art, A-V Preservation Trust, Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund, the National Training of Schools Program, and the Trade Routes Program...and it seems to continue rising.  I, with the help & support of Penn Kemp, have created a Facebook page to make a call to action. 

Note: at the time I created the page it was only the $4.8 million Prom-Art Program that had been slashed)

Join us:

"Save Prom-Art: Promote Canadian Arts & Culture"

http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=27449691026

And you may want to check this idea out as well.  I rather like:

"Actions of Absence”

http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=24952892339

 

Thank you

Positive thoughts & Energy


You might also want to sign the petition at:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/Canadian-Arts-Funding
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