REVERSE THE CUT to the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) Artists & Education Funding!
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In June 2015, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts made a 50% cut to the Artists and Education Program. This cut and previous cuts has reduced the number of approved residencies to an average of 70 per year, down from a high of 270 in 2009.
On March 16, the Alberta government released details of Budget 2017. Funding for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts has been increased by $5 million this year, for a total of $31.6 million for 2017-18.
In 2015, the AFA only cut funding to two grant streams, one being the Artists and Education program.
We believe the $5 million being put back into the AFA should be used to bring the Artists and Education funding back to what it was prior to the 2015 cuts.
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.
EDUCATION IS AT RISK
As of April 1 approximately 200 or more schools made applications to the AFA to do residencies in 2017-18. The AFA jury will meet to allocate funds at the end of May. Will they have the current allocation of $500,000 to give out, or the $1 million that was in the program until 2015? Even better, will they return the program to its high of $1.3 million funding? Time is of the essence. Unless the cut is reversed by mid-May it is likely that at least 2/3 of those 200+ projects will be turned down.
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