Just two weeks following the resignation of Jane Danzo, Chair of BC Arts Council, the Government reorganized its funding to provide an additional $7 million to the BC Arts Council, increasing the council’s budget to just over $16 million for this fiscal year.
Following BCs devestating series of arts cuts, Danzo felt it was necessary to resign from her position “in order to have a voice,” and it appears she was heard.
“In my opinion, the work of the BC Arts Council Board, has not been supported by government on a number of different levels,” expressed Danzo in her resignation letter.
The restoration of funding comes after more than a year of intense criticism and action from the BC arts community calling for a restoration of funding to 2008/09 levels. Despite council recommendations the provincial government originally put that funding towards an Arts Legacy Fund (written about by Tyler Morgenstern a few weeks ago).
“It seems that the arts communities efforts have been heard since the first cuts were announced,” said Amir Ali Alibhai, executive director of the Alliance for Arts and Culture in an interview with the Vancouver Sun.
“We will have to wait and see the details are on all of this to really be able to assess it. But on the surface, it certainly is good news. Congratulations to the ministry and to the government for making this change.”
In the media release send out yesterday, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts assured that “The government respects and values a strong independent council and is committed to ensuring this independence is maintained and enjoys the confidence of the arts community.”
Photo: Jane Danzo, former chair of BC Arts Council (source).