High dudgeon in the arts and culture world!

Apparently some people were still talking about a $1.1 million cut to the Culture Division by the NDP government.

While I was one of those people, I quickly called around and got the straight goods – most of the cut is through one time programs being over, or funding responsibility being moved to other divisions.

So luckily I was able to talk about that on the CBC on budget day.

However, I got a great email from Joella just now, she is the Chair of the NSACPC and also runs Celtic Colours. EDIT not me personally, I got it because I am on the NSACPC email list.

It starts:

Despite assertions otherwise, there have been absolutely NO reductions to the various culture division programs that assist Nova Scotia’s artists or its many cultural organizations.

To which I just responded:

1) a lack of an increase is a decrease, we are not keeping pace with inflation
2) our funding is so far behind the average for Canada that doubling it would just barely put us in the average slot
3) the government has in fact cancelled the planned for increase of funding we were expecting this year.
4) the budget WAS cut for culture, it has been entirely absorbed through administrative cuts, but this STILL HURTS THE SECTOR.

Thanks for this, though, its good to have the stats in hand,

Waye

The full text of her email is here:

Despite assertions otherwise, there have been absolutely NO reductions to the various culture division programs that assist Nova Scotia’s artists or its many cultural organizations.

It is true that estimates released in conjunction with Nova Scotia’s 2010-11 budget indicate a reduction of $1.1 Million to the Culture Division budget, now set at $9.3 Million. The 2010-11 budget for the Culture Division reflects the affect of funding transfers, administrative savings and the conclusion of special one time investments funded during the 2009/10 fiscal year.

One Time Investments
The two one-time investments that were a part of the 2009-10 Culture Division Budget included:
– VANOC – $325,000 (NS’s investment in artists participating in the Cultural Olympiad during the Olympics)
– ECMA – $200,000 (NS was the 2009/10 Host Province)

These projects have now been completed and the incremental funding is no longer necessary and therefore removed from the 2010-11 budget.

Funding Transfers
Funding that related to files that are no longer attached to the Culture Division was transferred to the Tourism and Heritage Divisions. These transfers more accurately reflect the relationship that these organizations have with the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage.
– Events Nova Scotia – $300,000 (transferred to Tourism)
– Black Cultural Centre – $190,000 (transferred to Heritage)

Administrative Savings
A total of $100,000 will be saved this year through administrative efficiencies.

None of the culture division programs have been cut and this years budget has the exact same level of support for artists and cultural organizations.

I believe the provincial government is committed to working with its partners to strengthen the creative economy and recognizes the value and importance of the arts and culture sector in building a stronger Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia is home to many talented artists and arts organizations. It is vital that we work together to support that talent and help it grow.

Sincerely,
Joella Foulds
Chair, Nova Scotia Arts & Culture Partnership Council

  • Donna

    Wait a minute. So there are NO arts cuts? Why were we lied to? There’s an email going around saying that art programs and funding was SLASHED by 10%. So do we have to worry about closing shop? Or is our funding stable?

  • Donna

    Wait a minute. So there are NO arts cuts? Why were we lied to? There’s an email going around saying that art programs and funding was SLASHED by 10%. So do we have to worry about closing shop? Or is our funding stable?

  • There are no program cuts. The ECMA and Vanoc commitments were a part of the previous governments commitment to raise creative funding to double 2007 levels in 3 years. So we are not seeing the real increases we hoped for, and admin is cut 100K, but program cuts have not happened.

  • There are no program cuts. The ECMA and Vanoc commitments were a part of the previous governments commitment to raise creative funding to double 2007 levels in 3 years. So we are not seeing the real increases we hoped for, and admin is cut 100K, but program cuts have not happened.

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