From Granville Mag:
“In Vancouver, we’re lucky to have a dedicated, diverse, vibrant arts community. But we also face the challenge of recent funding cuts. In March 2010, the BC Liberal government’s 2010–11 budget sliced the BC Arts Council budget in half, withdrawing approximately 50 percent of Gaming Grants for arts and culture.
According to Make Art History, a local group dedicated to facilitating discussion around the topic of arts and culture in Vancouver, prior to these cuts, we already had one of the lowest levels of arts funding of any Canadian province: just one-20th of 1 percent of the provincial budget.
Many argue the arts are intrinsic to a vibrant economy and sustainable community building. But to do this, how can the arts themselves be sustained?
A group of panelists explore this problem at the Now What? Symposium, a panel discussion produced by Make Art History about the development of a sustainable arts and culture sector, on June 25, 2010, 7:30–9 p.m. at W2 Storyeum (151 West Cordova St).”