Petition to Etienne Lengereau
Help get a memorial plaque for incredible female artist who has no tombstone!
May Alcott Nieriker was a nineteenth-century American painter who achieved many remarkable accomplishments as a single woman in Paris between the years of 1870-1879. At a time when women were not admitted to the beaux arts and were forced to pay double in tuition at the private art schools of Paris, May daringly travelled alone to pursue an art career at the age of thirty. She made a great impact on the Parisian art scene: being exhibited at the Paris Salon twice (1877, 1879) and publishing a book, Studying Art Abroad and How to Do It Cheaply (1879), providing practical advice for other young American women who wished to study in painting in Europe. Her art was truly radical—protesting against the continuing enslavement of African peoples—and was even celebrated by John Ruskin: the most influential art critic of the period. However, if you go to the Montrouge Cemetery today, you won’t even know she’s buried there. While May’s family ensured there was a tombstone for her in her hometown of Concord where she is not buried, there is no plaque to mark the site of her remains in Montrouge. This is because her burial lot was not renewed ten years after her death, as her husband had returned to Switzerland. As a consequence, she was moved to the common grave where there is no plaque to commemorate her. In order to change this, we need to send a petition to the Mayor of Montrouge, Etienne Lengereau, with enough signatures to convince him that it’s worth investing in a memorial plaque for May. Please sign this petition—women artists deserve to be commemorated in monuments just as much as men! For more information on May see this short video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=2KayGjTfDfY *** Pétition pour installer une plaque commémorative à une artiste sans pierre tombale. Artiste peintre Américaine ayant séjourner à Paris de 1870 à 1879, May Alcott Nieriker accomplit des choses incroyables pour une femme célibataire du XIXème siècle. À une époque où les femmes étaient inadmissibles aux Beaux Arts et donc obligées de payer deux fois plus pour s’inscrire dans les écoles privées, May voyagea courageusement toute seule à Paris pour poursuivre une carrière de peintre à l’âge de trente ans. Ses œuvres eurent beaucoup d’impact sur la scène artistique de Paris ; elle exposa deux fois au Salon de Paris (1877, 1879) et publia en 1879 Studying Art Abroad and How to Do It Cheaply [Étudier l’art à l’étranger et le faire sans trop dépenser], un livre destiné aux autres jeunes Américaines voulant étudier l’art en Europe. En tant qu’artiste, elle était très engagée, et son œuvre radicale dénonça notamment l’esclavage du peuple africain. Elle fut même célébrée par John Ruskin, le critique d’art anglais plus célèbre de l’époque. Cependant, si vous allez aujourd’hui au cimetière de Montrouge, vous n’y trouverai aucune trace de sa présence. Bien que sa famille lui ait consacré une pierre tombale dans sa ville natale de Concord aux Etats-Unis, il n’y aucune plaque commémorative pour indiquer sa dernière demeure à Montrouge. Son caveau ne fut pas renouvelé dix ans après sa mort à cause du déménagement de son veuf retourné en Suisse. Par conséquence, ses dépouilles furent transférées à la fosse commune où il n’y a aucune plaque ni pierre tombale la commémorant. Pour remédier à cette négligence, nous comptons envoyer au maire de Montrouge, M. Étienne Lengereau, une pétition avec autant de signatures que possibles pour le convaincre qu’il vaut la peine d’installer un plaque en l’honneur de May. Nous vous prions donc de signer cette pétition, et d’affirmer que les femmes artistes méritent d’être commémorées à la même hauteur que leurs confrères masculins. Merci d’avance de votre aide. Notre vidéo Youtube, sous-titrée en français, explique notre démarche ainsi que l’importance historique de May Alcott.
Petition to The Walt Disney Company
Disney, please sell the rights to 'Monkey Island' back to its creator Ron Gilbert
Do the right thing Disney, give the intellectual property rights for Monkey Island back to its progenitor, who intends to make great content with it. Please, if you're not going to do anything with it, let the original artist have back this proverbial paintbrush, he's the only one worthy of wielding it. You'd be enabling the creation of art, the possibility the world would get to enjoy another adventure in a beloved land conceived back in 1988, akin to the cult classics of 'The Secret of Monkey Island' & 'Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge'. Please Disney, we want to be a pirate. Please sign if you share these sentiments.
Petition to leeds city council
Save the home of community arts in Leeds
As of April 2018, changes brought in by Leeds City Council Officers will mean that 14 community arts groups will effectively be evicted from the Carriageworks Theatre. This has been our home since it was built, using public money in 2005, and was made for the community after the closure of the Leeds Civic Theatre where we were based before. Now Council Officers are moving to commercialise the venue and drive us out again - the very people who hold it so dear, who have made it the success it is, and who account for tens of thousands of feet through the door each year. We urge Leeds City Council to intervene and make good on their promises in the Leeds Culture Strategy 2017 to "utilise [cultural activity] as a means of improving the quality of life experienced by every person and every community in Leeds" and to keep the Carriageworks Theatre the home of community arts in Leeds. The four main requests we have are: To allow the theatre to remain open past 8.30pm so that our members can rehearse at a sensible time To give back access to the rehearsal and meeting rooms so that groups aren't left with nowhere to rehearse while rooms lay emptyTo give us back access to the workshop facilities so that we can continue creating amazing sets for theatre and musical productionsFor a sensible community pricing structure, which is affordable and acknowledges the fact that we are community arts groups not professional touring companiesMore information can be found at the Leeds Community Arts Network website: LEEDS COMMUNITY ARTS NETWORK WEBSITE To show your support please follow us on Facebook and Twitter, share posts and get people involved! CARRIAGEWORKS IS COMMUNITY FACEBOOK CARRIAGEWORKS IS COMMUNITY TWITTER We will not let go without a fight, because this is our home. We are Leeds taxpayers, and this is a taxpayer funded theatre. The Carriageworks was built for the Community, and the Community refuse to be pushed out. A copy of our press release is below with additional information and background. -------- Leeds City Council Officers will force 14 nationally recognized, voluntary arts organisations out of their long-established home in Leeds. The Carriageworks Theatre, situated on Millennium Square in the Civic Cultural Quarter of Leeds, was purpose-built in 2005 as a home for community arts after the closure of the Leeds Civic Theatre. It came about after a lengthy campaign supported by the Yorkshire Evening Post and is currently home to groups such as Leeds Youth Opera, Leeds Children’s Theatre, Leeds Arts Centre, Our Community Dances, Leeds Writers Circle and Shatterproof. These groups are represented by an umbrella organization called Leeds Community Arts Network (Leeds CAN). The changes made by Council Offers are directly at odds with the Leeds Cultural Strategy 2017, which states that the city will “value and prioritise cultural activity, utilizing it as a means of improving the quality of life experienced by every person and every community in Leeds”. The changes being brought in are: Eviction from the scenic workshop facilities and storage area - space that was put into the new building specifically for the use of Leeds Community Arts Network member groups - will mean costs more than quadrupling for the volunteer-run community groups.A halving of the number of rooms available for rehearsals and meetings - meaning that groups will no longer be able to meet at the theatre.Early closure at 8.30pm - meaning that members who have family or work commitments would not be able to make earlier starting times of 6.30pm.New room-hire rates to come into effect as of the 1st April 2018, rising to the same level as professional arts rates by 2021/22 – an increase of 500%.Said Matthew Stirk, Chairman of Leeds CAN Board of Trustees - “Obviously we understand that savings need to be made, but the commercial activity of the Carriageworks was always intended to support community arts, notreplace it. To ask a community group, especially one performing youth theatre, to pay as much as a professional touring show is naive at best. The early closure times will affect most of our groups, considering that many ofour members have families and are often dictated by childcare and tea times. This could kill off the community spirit once and for all and, considering the West Yorkshire Playhouse redevelopment is funding an additionalperformance space for emerging artists, it could even kill off the Carriageworks Theatre itself.” Anita Adams, trustee of Leeds CAN and Artistic Director of Leeds Youth Opera – which was described by the Yorkshire Post as ‘a national cultural treasure’ - said “How can the council not be proud of all the incrediblethings being created at the Carriageworks? The theatre was built to have Community and specifically our groups at its very core. Access to the arts is absolutely essential to the well being of young people. Our groups empowerconfidence, inspire imaginations and above all provide amazing opportunities for many children and young people. This is at the heart of the Child Friendly Leeds agenda. The Carriageworks wouldn’t exist without the work we put in when the Civic was closed. The council should be hailing this theatre as a shining light for community accessibility and doing everything possible to champion the work. Instead we find ourselves outpriced, with restricted access and no support at all. This is our home, it’s the last in a long line of evictions and I fear this one we won’t survive.” The terms were described as ‘non-negotiable’ by one Council Officer. He also described the Carriageworks as ‘not a community theatre’, conflicting with a statement from Andrew MacGill (Head of Arts & Events, Leeds CityCouncil 2005) which said “I think we now have the final piece in the jigsaw. The Carriageworks will complement Leeds' other theatres promoting a range of events and it will also become a vital resource for arts and community groups in the city.” A petition to save community arts at the Carriageworks Theatre has been started on Social Media by a group of people involved with the original campaign to save the Civic Theatre (Facebook.com/CWXisCommunity –Twitter.com/CWXisCommunity). “Community arts groups like the ones supported by Leeds CAN at the Carriageworks Theatre are often the only way some young people can experience arts, as education cuts and negative attitudes from the Department for Education towards arts have resulted in fewer schools offering extensive extra-curricular arts programmes. No-one can deny the positive effects that involvement in the arts can have on all aspects of life, yet the Council seem intent on reserving this to only those who can afford it, and we believe it should be enjoyed by all. Considering the number of members we have over retirement age and the current problems with loneliness in the UK, these moves are absolutely callous.” – Janet Johnston, spokesperson for the Carriageworks is Community campaign.
Petition to Cllr Tim Warren, Ben Howlett MP, Cllr Charles Gerrish, Cllr Martin Veal, Cllr Patrick Anketell-Jones, Cllr Michael Evans, Cllr Paul Myers, Cllr Alan Hale, Cllr Cherry Beath
Scrap Bath and North East Somerset 100% Arts Cuts
On Valentine's Day BANES Council are voting on plans to cut 100% of their Arts budget. They currently fund projects like: The Bath International Music Festival Children's Literature Festival Literature Festival Community and children's professional theatre eg Kilter Theatre, The Natural Theatre Company, B-creative (who ran projects in Radstock, Foxhill, Twerton and Snow Hill) Bath Film Festival's Rural Cinema Project A full list of all the organisations they fund can be found on their website: BANES List Of Funded Organisations. By signing this petition, you call on BANES to scrap all arts cuts because they understand that Bath is what it is today because of its arts, sense of fun, creativity and joy. These things need money. Click now and share. Valentine's Day is also when BANES vote on their whole budget: library cuts included. A petition about this is here: https://www.change.org/p/bath-and-north-east-somerset-council-save-bath-central-library ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- If you want to know more about the value of the arts..... What would the world be like without the arts? We are the lucky ones. Do you know that 1 in 5 of your neighbours do not have access to the arts? How many more will suffer if what little funding is there to support them is cut entirely? *** The arts rely on decent levels of Government investment to thrive. Commercial Sales, private philanthropy and tax breaks play their part but the bed rock of a successful mixed arts economy, is decent Government investment. Every time that investment is scaled back the arts shudder and stall! Output is lost and the effects on the creative economy can be dramatic. Every £1 invested in the arts generates £2 to £7 pounds in return, depending on the exact art form supported. Based on these figures there is no economic case to cut a single pound from the levels of Government investment! The arts aren’t just some ethereal, feel good factor for good times as facts demonstrate: 1. The arts = popular: More people in Britain are engaged in the arts than in Premier League football – between April 2014 and March 2015, 77 per cent of adults had attended or participated in the arts at least once in the previous year (Source – DCMS Taking Part Survey) (‘Life beats you down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.’ – Stella Adler.) 2. The arts = jobs: Employment in music, visual and performing arts stands at nearly a quarter of a million people and has grown by 14% between 2011 and 2013 (Source: ONS) (‘Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere’ – Albert Einstein.) 3. The arts = well being The Arts on Prescription initiative research study found that engagement with the arts resulted in positive outcomes for 78% of participants, through an increase in mental wellbeing and/or a decrease in social isolation, anxiety or depression: http://artsandminds.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/a-on-p_executive-summary_sp-1.pdf (‘Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.’ – Pablo Picasso.) 4. The arts = soft power Cultural engagement leads to a higher level of trust in the UK, and this is associated with a greater attraction to visit or do business in the UK. (Source – British Council 2012). The UK is recognised as one of the world’s most adept soft-power states. In a recent global ranking of soft power by the Institute for Government, the UK came top. (Source: The Soft Power 30 global index). (‘The Arts......essential to the prosperity of the State and to the ornament of human life.’ – George Washington.) 5. The arts = ideas Subsidised theatre fuels risk taking and talent development. The benefits of these in some cases stay within the subsidised sphere, and in others branch out to the commercial theatre sector and wider creative industries (Source CC Skills Publicly-funded arts as an R&D lab for the creative industries?) (‘Creativity Takes Courage’ – Henri Matisse) 6. The arts = growth The creative industries are important to our economy – worth £77bn or 5% of the UK’s GDP according to the latest figures from DCMS. (‘...the arts have a crucial impact on our economy and are an important catalyst for learning, discovery and achievement.’ – Paul G Allen, Co-Founder , Microsoft.) 7. The arts = regeneration Arts and cultural education can lead to higher earning and better job prospects, improved wellbeing and regeneration of places (source - Centre for Economics Business Research (CEBR) 2013) (‘Even in difficult times – especially in difficult economic times – the arts are essential – Maria Shriver.) 8. The arts = tourism In 2011, 10 million inbound visits to the UK involved engagement with the arts and culture, representing 32 per cent of all visits to the UK and 42 per cent of all inbound tourism-related expenditure (CEBR 2013). Visit Britain estimate that Britain’s cultural and heritage attractions generate £4.5 billion worth of spending by inbound visitors annually which is the equivalent to more than one quarter of all spending by international visitors. (It’s still magic even if you know how it’s done.’ - Terry Pratchett) 9. The arts = education Students from low income families who take part in arts activities at school are three times more likely to get a degree than children from low income families that do not engage in arts activities at school. Engagement in structured arts and culture improves the cognitive abilities of children and young people (Source: CASE 2010) (‘The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life.’ – Oscar Wilde.) 10. The arts = community Participation in the arts can contribute to community cohesion, reduce social exclusion and isolation, and/or make communities feel safer and stronger (CASE 2015) (‘The only thing better than singing, is more singing.’ – Ella Fitzgerald.) Thanks to Equity for the 10 facts on the arts.
Petition to Sadiq Khan
Save Matthews Yard
After the riots in summer 2011, I opened Matthews Yard to create a place for our community. We have battled for survival for more than 5 years and thanks to the love and support of the people from Croydon we are still going strong today. We have hosted thousands of events ranging from baby showers and birthday parties to weddings and wakes along with a diverse range of arts, cultural and community events including film festivals, political meetings, activist meetings, charity fundraisers, music gigs, comedy nights and so much more. But now we are at risk of closure because of developers who want to replace us with a housing development. Over 50,000 people have attended events at MY and hundreds of thousands more have passed through our cafe for an informal meeting, or to have coffee, cake or the best burgers Croydon has ever seen (as voted by you the people, in Time Out this year). Matthews Yard is a much needed central and independent focal point for community activity. The Impact Report available on the Matthews Yard website at http://matthewsyard.com/support provides much more information on our achievements. Regeneration in Croydon now directly threatens Matthews Yard and all the work which has gone into building our space. If planning permission is granted and the building is demolished without MY securing an alternative home then we will be forced to close in Summer 2018. To help Matthews Yard have the best shot at success and to ensure a lasting legacy, Matthews Yard has announced it will convert to a Community Interest Company and reinvest 100% of trading surpluses into delivering its community objectives. We now need the support of the Mayor of London to secure our long-term future. If you care about art, culture or community and you want to help save Matthews Yard, then please, please sign and share this petition as far and wide as possible.
Petition to Paolo Baratta
APPOINT KANYE WEST TO CURATE THE VENICE BIENNALE
#BiennalYe With contemporary art lingering confused in a mannerist phase, and architecture having abandoned its ambitions of changing the world, we believe West is the best person to show us the way forward and to explain, agitate, and situate creative production in its current cultural and global setting. As such, we believe West should be invited to curate and direct the world's biggest bi-annual international exhibition. West has a longstanding history of deep and sincere engagement with art. Art school educated, West has been the figure that has gotten Vanessa Beecroft onto MTV (through their collaboration on Runaway), and placed George Condo in Walmart (through his cover art for My Beautiful Twisted Dark Fantasy). Plus, he photoblogged the entirety of Urs Fischer's 2009 New Museum exhibition.As a champion of contemporary architecture, West has taken renegade architectural practice OMA to Cannes (through their design of a pyramid to screen his film Cruel Summer), lectured to students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and even turned the word 'architecture' into a verb. Hell, his statement, "Everything needs to actually be architected", would offer a profound title for Venice's architecture exhibition. West understands the conflicts and confluences of culture and entertainment, and the mechanisms for making creative production public, better than most others in the business. He is perfectly situated to bring these significant contemporary complexities to the heart of cultural discourse, via the world's largest exhibition of art or architecture . Plus, we feel damn sure he would put on a decent exhibition, and give the stagnant worlds of art and design a significant kick with his Yeezys. Dreaming of free entrance for those wearing leather tracksuit bottoms, an Instagram sponsored prize for best national pavilion, and a special fleet of Maybach vaporettos, we ask for Kanye West to be appointed Artistic Director of the Visual Arts or Architecture Section of the Venice Biennale.NOTE: This petition was originally titled 'APPOINT KANYE WEST TO CURATE THE 2015 VENICE ART BIENNALE'. Following the appointment of Okwui Enwezor to curate the 2015 Biennale, we have expanded our horizons, and will now maintain the petition in perpetuity until Ye is finally appointed artistic director of the Venice Biennale, as he was born to do. We will now accept his appointment to the position of Artistic Director of either the Art or Architecture Biennales, being equally placed, as he is, to lead both.
Petition to Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Gavin Henderson OBE
Gavin Henderson must stand down as principal of RCSSD
Over the past week, it has become clear that Gavin Henderson CBE, the principal of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, is not fit to lead the institution in a 21st Century manner and in a way that tackles current and future issues that the theatre and arts industry faces. When talking about setting targets in relation to encouraging an uptake in Black and Minority Ethnic students, he referred to those from less priveleged and BAME communities who auditioned for the drama school as ‘risks’. Henderson also said he felt that the RCSSD could not lay down specific targets for BAME students as the instituion had a “reputation to maintain”. In addition, while discussing the #MeToo movement, and the response from the Royal Court’s Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone in creating a code of practice for stamping out sexual abuse, harrassment, and abuses of power in the theatre industry, Henderson said that he believed Featherstone had “restricted the creative process” by going “too far down that route”. His use of language around these issues, and failure to commit to tangible goals in addressing the issues of racial diversity, display a complete lack of empathy with some of the largest challenges and opportunities that the arts industry faces going forward. For this reason, we believe that Mr Henderson is not the right person to lead an institution that has been named the top UK drama school, and therefore one that should be leading the way forward for the theatre practitioners of the future, rather than dragging its heels under a principal who is unequipped, reluctant, lacking in understanding and empathy, and resistant to the changes RCSSD, its students, and its future candidates so desperately need. The institution cannot move forward in a progressive and efficient way with this man at the helm. We therefore call for principal Gavin Henderson’s resignation. Links for more info and background to Mr Henderson’s comments: https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2018/central-school-principal-quotas-reduce-quality-student-intake/ https://medium.com/p/1150831a869f?source=linkShare-4b1e3d699a06-1525043029 https://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/Central-School-Principal-Clarifies-Comments-On-MeToo-And-Student-Diversity-20180430
Petition to Spotify
Imogen Heap’s Bio on Spotify ought to mention The O.C.
Imogene Heap’s single “Hide and Seek” was memorably used in an episode of Fox’s seminal teen drama “The O.C.” but her biography on Spotify makes no mention of this. It does make mention of the film “Garden State” (a film about a sad white guy) by Zach Braff, formerly the star of “Scrubs” — a show about a goofy but sad white doctor — and now starring in the new ABC series about a white guy, likely sad, who starts a podcast. Imogen Heap’s bio on Spotify ought to mention Fox’s “The O.C.” because it was a very memorable usage of her hit song “Hide and Seek.”