Dutch government spending on the arts will be severely reduced from 2013 onwards. The remaining funds will be directed at traditional, established art forms and museums.
Institutional support for new media culture, which has been cultivated with great care over the past 30 years, will be eliminated.
When this plan is accepted by Parliament on Tuesday June 27th, Mediamatic, Waag society, WORM, STEIM, NIMK, V2_ and Submarine Channel will lose ALL their government funding. And from 2013 onwards there will be no development platform for Media Art in The Netherlands.
Sustaining the Dutch infrastructure for New Media Art requires a mere 1% of the national arts budget.
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