Sign Our Petition

REVERSE THE CUTS

Add your name to the list of people supporting the reinstatement of the Artists & Education grant funding. 

 

THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART!!

CALL THE MINISTERS & CALL YOUR MLA

Tell your colleagues, friends and family about this cut. Get them to call or write an email to the people who can reverse it, especially the Ministers and your local MLA.

  • Tell them how important the AFA residency program has been to your school
  • Tell them how many kids have participated in residencies at your school over the years
  • Tell them how important it has been for your students or family
  • Tell them how important the residency program has been to your overall community

TELL THE STORY TO OTHERS

  • Like our Facebook and Twitter pages, and share the content with your friends and family
  • Share this website with the parents at your school. Invite them to email or phone the Minister Education, the Minister of Culture and Tourism, their MLA and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts
  • Have parents share this website with their networks

CONTACT INFO

↓ MINISTER OF EDUCATION ↓

Hon. David Eggen

Email: education.minister@gov.ab.ca

Phone: 780.427-5010

 

↓ MINISTER OF CULTURE AND TOURISM ↓

Hon. Ricardo Miranda

Email: culturetourism.minister@gov.ab.ca

Phone: 780.422.3559

 

↓ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE AFA ↓

Paul Pearson

Email: paul.pearson@gov.ab.ca

Phone: 780-907-5516

What we're asking for...

We want the Alberta Foundation for the Arts to return the funding for the Artists & Education grant stream to what it was before the disproportionate funding cuts. 

The Artists & Education grant offers students throughout Alberta the chance to work directly with artists to gain hands-on experience in theatre, dance, visual arts, and writing. Without this funding, many schools are not able to provide these opportunities to students.

2015 FUNDING CUTS

2017 NEW FUNDING

As you can see, 50% of the 2015 AFA Funding cut was taken from the Artists & Education Grant stream. Asking the AFA to bring the Artists & Education Grant back up to it's previous $1 million funding will take only 10% of the 2017 funding increase.

New Funding in 2017

FROM THE AFA WEBSITE:

"On March 16, the Alberta government released details of Budget 2017. Funding for the AFA has been increased by $5 million this year, for a total of $31.6 million for 2017-18. These increased funds represent the government’s commitment to supporting Alberta’s arts community in spite of economic challenges caused by the steep decline in oil prices.

The AFA Board will meet in the upcoming weeks to discuss the 2017-18 budget and affirm its spending plan.

We are aware of the difficulties artists and arts organizations have had to weather during the past year and that there will be competing priorities for additional funding. The Board of Directors will carefully review these priorities and allocate additional funds through a responsive and balanced approach."

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HELP US ENSURE THIS FUNDING GOES BACK INTO THE ARTistS & EDUCATION GRANT STREAM.