Rallying around the initiative of Culture Montréal and the Conseil des arts de Montréal, in collaboration with a number of partners from the artistic and cultural community, hundreds of artists, creators, cultural workers and Montreal citizens came together at the Société des arts technologiques this morning, to present a common front against the federal government’s many cuts to the arts and culture in recent weeks.
“Cuts made and announced will affect cultural life across the country,” deplored Simon Brault, Chair of Culture Montréal. “In dismissing the considerable contributions of individuals working in the artistic and cultural sector, the federal government could well jeopardize the very balance of communities and deprive them of valuable assets for their competitiveness. This is particularly true in the case of Montréal, which is home to almost half of Québec’s artists and cultural organizations, and which needs them and a dynamic creative sector in order to continue its exciting outreach.” Louise Roy, Chair of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, added: “These blind cuts, which total more than $46 million, will have major repercussions for organizations and artists. As a major partner in Montréal’s cultural development, the federal government must reconsider its decisions, rescind the cuts and reinvest the money in the arts and culture.” On the stage, representatives from the fields of music, film, theatre, dance, the visual arts, literature, circus and media arts, including winners of international awards, spoke in turn, illustrating how federal investments in the arts and culture contributed to Montréal’s vitality and reputation as a cultural metropolis. In fact, programs such as PromArt and Trade Routes, to name but a few, helped several artists and cultural productions earn recognition on the international scene.
Participants in the event were then asked to sign an open letter to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, expressing their views. A copy of this letter was also sent to the media for publication. The first of its kind in Québec, this Montreal event will be followed by other actions to take place in every region of Québec over the coming weeks.
SOURCE : Culture Montréal / Conseil des arts de Montréal
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Documents to download:
Presse Release CM – CM-CAM Rally against federal cuts (27-08-2008) (101 kb)