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