Cuts to the Textile Art Program at Capilano University

by - Saturday, April 27, 2013

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:

and a web site gives additional information

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

North Vancouver Lonsdale Mla - Naomi Yamamoto – BC Liberal Party

West Vancouver Capilano Mla - Ralph Sultan – BC Liberal Party

West Vancouver Garibaldi Mla - Joan Mcintyre – BC Liberal Party

Minister of Education: Honourable Don Mcrae

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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