Saturday, April 27, 2013

Cuts to the Textile Art Program at Capilano University

Over the past few days we have seen an incredible mobilization of craftspeople and artists. All are concerned over the cuts to arts funding at the post-secondary level and in particular cut to the textile arts programs at Capilano University.

Students have begun shrouding public works of art in black fabric as a sign of protest.

There is an online petition HERE which has already grown rapidly.

A facebook page has been started:
https://www.facebook.com/CapUArtEviction

and a web site gives additional information
http://savecapstudioarts.webs.com/


Vancouver's news media have picked up the story and have ran the following features:

NorthShore News
Programs fall under the axe at Capilano U

CBC News
Programs cut as Capilano University faces $1.3M shortfall

Vancouver Sun
Capilano University plans program cuts to balance budget

If you have an opinion on the cuts to the textile arts programs here is a list of politicians to contact:

North Vancouver Seymour Mla- Jane Thornthwaite – BC Liberal Party
E-Mail: jane.thornthwaite.mla@leg.bc.ca

North Vancouver Lonsdale Mla - Naomi Yamamoto – BC Liberal Party
E-Mail: naomi.yamamoto.mla@leg.bc.ca

West Vancouver Capilano Mla - Ralph Sultan – BC Liberal Party
E-Mail: ralph.sultan.mla@leg.bc.ca

West Vancouver Garibaldi Mla - Joan Mcintyre – BC Liberal Party
E-Mail: joan.mcintyre.mla@leg.bc.ca

Minister of Education: Honourable Don Mcrae
E-Mail: educ.minister@gov.bc.ca

Our thanks to Jennifer Love, BC Representative for the Surface Design Association, for keeping us in the loop and sending on much of this information.


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