Last week over 100 students from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, concerned about how government funding cuts will impact the future of the university, disrupted a Board of Governors’ meeting to announce a political manifesto.
The Manifesto for a Vibrant, Strong, and Independent NSCAD, which can be read in its entirety on a student-run website, outlines demands that NSCAD commit to being accessible, affordable, and dedicated to “critical thought and quality education in the production of art and culture.”
NSCAD is roughly $20 million in debt, $9 million of which is still owed from the construction of a new campus on Halifax’s waterfront. The government, meanwhile, is offering no solutions other than pressure to further cut cost and increase fees to students.
Meanwhile on the west coast, Vancouver’s Emily Carr University will benefit from $113 million in provincial funding to construct a new campus.
Perhaps Emily Carr can share their good fortune and offer their older sibling a hand, lest they soon find themselves home to hundreds of art school refugees.
Image: Several NSCAD Board of Governors leave the boardroom as students read the NSCAD Manifesto. (Handout photo.)