• Petitioned Deb Matthews MPP London North Centre

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MPP London North Centre
Deb Matthews MPP London North Centre
Minister of Education Ontario
Hon. Laurel Broten MPP

Stop the closing of Canada’s premier High School art program (bealart)

    1. Steve Kerr
    2. Petition by

      Steve Kerr

      London, Canada

Bealart has had nearly one hundred years of post secondary style education preparing our young art students for the rigours of life in College, University, and into their daily lives. The Bealart program has been in existence for over 96 years and this program has produced such notable artists as Greg Curnoe, Murray Favro, Paul Haggis and many more than can't be mentioned here. As of today, the Ontario Government is planning on limiting the high school education allotment to 34 credits and as anyone connected to bealart knows, the Foundation and Specials programs both begin after a grade 12 graduation. Removing the ability of the Victory Lap years effectively shuts down the best high school art program (96 years) in this country and probably North America yet this total reduction will only save a mere twenty two (22) million dollars. Bealart is not the only high school program being affected by this possible decision but sitting back and waiting for this government to give a reprieve to the already 100-year success is dangerous and very unlikely. Please sign this petition and support the survival of simply the best art institution in Canada, bealart.

Steve Kerr / photographic technician, bealart, 1976-2010

Recent signatures


    1. OSSTF speak out!

      Steve Kerr
      Petition Organizer

      Minister could use a lesson

      Minister of Education Laurel Broten's letter No victory in extra lap (April 18) demonstrates a stunning lack of respect for Ontario secondary students, their parents, teachers and education workers, who have real concerns about the potentially devastating effects on a 34-credit cap.

      If Broten is sincere when she says, "I look forward to working with students, teachers and parents to continue to improve Ontario's public education," then I would suggest that she consider visiting programs like Bealart here in London. She might engage in a genuine and meaningful dialogue about the real impact that these cuts will have.

      Colleen Canon District president

      Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation District 11 Thames Valley London

    2. Reached 3,000 signatures
    3. London Free Press article from Saturday April 14, 2012

      Steve Kerr
      Petition Organizer

      Here is the link to the London Free Prees article. I don't know how long it will work but everyone should read it.


    4. Media hit bealart

      Steve Kerr
      Petition Organizer

      The media went through bealart on Friday and hopefully this will give the gathering of signatures a needed boost.

      I'm forming an action committee so that we can have some group cohesion to the direction that we should follow.

      Please keep posting this link until the Ontario budget is officially changed to not include the 34 credit cap.

      My sincere thanks

      Steve Kerr

    5. Reached 2,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • over 2 years ago

      I would not be where I am today without Bealart. It is by far the most outstanding art program in the country.

      • over 2 years ago

      Bealart was critically important in my development as an artist and a filmmaker. It was this background that allowed me to develop a practice that has led to my work being shown around the world. This is by far one of the most important art programs in the country.

    • Karyn Harris-Paschink ST. THOMAS, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      I have a very talented daughter who I think would be a perfect candidate for the Beal Art program!

    • Mary Jarman LONDON, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      Attended Beal Art from Grade 10 to "Special Art" . Have worked as an Artist and Graphic Designer for over 45 years and still enjoy my job. Beal Tech was my education and I have done very well with others that have much "higher" education. Learning at a young stage is very helpful (graduated at 17)and I had no need for expensive extra education and I am still learning every day on my job.

    • Amber Gilev LONDON, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      I was very involved in the art programs at Beal and I was hoping that my son could also enjoy the opportunities that these wonderful programs provide. He will be in highschool 2 yrs from now, but I never thought that this would be the end of an artistic era at Beal. Very sad.


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