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Petition to Dr Joseph Muscat, Dr Owen Bonnici, Dr Deo Debattista

Support artists calling for the resignation of ECOC Valletta 2018 Chairman Jason Micallef

More than 100 Maltese artists, authors and arts professionals are calling for the resignation of Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture Chairman Mr Jason Micallef. If you believe that using artists, culture and Valletta 2018, for political expedience is shocking and outrageous support the artists and endorse the letter.  The open letter sent to the Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, Minister for Culture Owen Bonnici and Parliamentary Secretary for Valletta 2018 Deo Debattista states the following: We, artists, authors and arts managers write to you to express our concern that the legacy of Valletta 2018 as European Capital of Culture is seriously jeopardised by the actions of Mr. Jason Micallef, Chairman of the Valletta 2018 Foundation. His ongoing derogatory public comments about the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia do not reflect the European objectives and principles of the Capital of Culture initiative. As chairman of Valletta 2018 Foundation, Mr Micallef has been appointed by you to represent a European project, including ourselves, as laid out in European legislation. The role of a Chairman of a European Capital of Culture cannot be partisan in attitude and purposely divisive in action. In addition, we would like to recall the number of instances that Mr. Micallef used his role as Chairman of the European Capital of Culture to publicly ridicule and attack artists who criticised and satirised those in power. His role as Chairman should be to safeguard this right, not to threaten it.  Using artists, culture and Valletta 2018 for political expedience is shocking and outrageous.   The irresponsible and embarrassing actions of Mr. Micallef are leaving irreparable damage to the reputation, programme and leadership of Valletta 2018.  This is a legacy that the Maltese cultural sector does not need or want. We, the undersigned reiterate the call for his immediate resignation. For the list of signatories and information read more here  

Arts Petitions Malta
925 supporters
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Petition to New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, Corey Johnson, City Council Member Laurie Cumbo, Meenakshi Srinivasan

Protect Poet Walt Whitman's New York City Home

Walt Whitman, America's most famous poet, lived at 99 Ryerson Street in Brooklyn, New York when his world famous book Leaves of Grass was first published in 1855.  While Whitman lived in over 30 places in what is today New York City during this lifetime, the house at 99 Ryerson Street is the ONLY ONE still standing.  Accordingly, 99 Ryerson Street is of great cultural and historical significance.  It tells not only the story of a key moment in American poetry and literature, but also the story of a towering figure in global culture. We are seeking official city landmark designation from New York City to protect the building from demolition, especially because development is encroaching on the neighborhood.  While the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission initially rejected our request, the Commission is currently reviewing additional information and research that we provided on the significance of the site and Walt Whitman's association with the site.  We need your help convincing the Commission to landmark this critically important building. The house at 99 Ryerson Street is one of only two buildings directly associated with Walt Whitman that are still standing in New York City.  It would be an unforgivable tragedy to lose this crucially important building to history.  Join us in protecting this important cultural resource for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations. Quotes from supporters: "To protect a house like this one, it seems to me, is a form of cultural stewardship.For this house to disappear would be something like an extinction: such a place cannot be got back, not ever, once it is lost."  - George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo and winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize “During my time as Poet Laureate of the United States, my travels in our country and abroad gave me a renewed sense of Walt Whitman’s ongoing, central importance. Poets writing in other languages, on every continent have looked to Whitman’s work for an epitome of what is most liberating in the culture of the United States. Please let me add my voice to those hoping that you will recognize his house in Brooklyn as a true landmark.”  - Robert Pinsky, former U.S. Poet Laureate "I feel a particular relationship to Whitman and, maybe more to the point, a strong sense of just how much impact not only his work but his physical presence had on the New York City of his day. I do hope you’ll revisit the question of the house on Ryerson as a historic landmark."  - Michael Cunningham, award winning author  “2019 marks the bicentennial of Walt Whitman’s birth. We hope to celebrate Whitman’s groundbreaking contributions to literature by landmarking the site most associated with his seminal work by the time that key milestone arrives. I hope the Commission understands this is not about the architectural merit of 99 Ryerson Street but rather its incredibly significant cultural value.” - Professor Karen Karbiener, founder of the Walt Whitman Initiative “The city needs more landmarks like this one to help narrate the histories of LGBT Americans – and it needs to consider cultural landmarks seriously rather than aesthetic landmarks alone.” - Jay Shockley, co-founder of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project “If Whitman’s Leaves of Grass gave birth to American poetry, then Brooklyn is thebirthplace of our art, and 99 Ryerson Street is the last remaining cradle. The Commission needs to reconsider its initial rejection.” - Jason Koo, executive director and founder of Brooklyn Poets

Brad Vogel
3,065 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Madeline Rogero, Glenn Jacobs

Bring back Sundown in the City!

I have been promoting, booking, and working live musical performances in Knoxville for a few years. I have worked at many of the venues in town; those present, and those long gone. Knoxville is a dying town for music. We are plagued by corporations trying to rule the market. The local music scene has been overshadowed by the pockets of corporations. We, as local musicians, really have no place to play, no place to showcase the hard work and dedication we put in to our art, and little to no support from the city we call home. You're probably unaware of this, but Knoxville is VERY strict on venues. Dancing laws, alcohol sales, food name it, there's usually some kind of law that makes it difficult for a venue to survive. I love this town, and i never want to leave here. However, I can't stand to see the talent in this city go to waste. I have watched numerous artists hang up their hats because they had nowhere to play. Something has to give. Something i dearly miss is Sundown in the City. If you ever attended one of these events, you know that it was loved and is deeply missed. Granted the focus wasn't on local talent, but national favorites, I feel like we can create a common ground among the two.  My proposition is that we resurrect Sundown in the City and use this event to not only host everyone's favorite artists, but to showcase the amazing local talent here at home. We need more diversity in the lineups. For instance, we do a pop night, a rock night, a metal night, a country night, an edm night...let's tackle all genres so everyone feels important and has a chance to shine.  Taking Sundown in the City back home to Market Square would not only bring more use to the stage that normally sits empty, but will also substantially boost the revenue of the small, local businesses that call Market Square home. We've seen numerous businesses fail in that area, and i feel as if this could prevent that from happening. Yes, i know there is a venue in Market Square already, but we could work with those business owners and co-produce events! If it rains, we could even move the events inside so we didn't have to cancel, because we all know this lovely East Tennessee weather is highly unpredictable. My goal is to reach at least 5,000 signatures so that i can present this petition to our local government in hopes that they will at least consider our proposal. If you have a love for music, supporting local business and musicians, and an overall love for our city, please sign this petition and help us at least put a bug in their ear. As i said earlier, I love Knoxville and i never plan on leaving, but something has to give. We cannot continue to allow our music scene to dwindle as it has over the past 10 or 15 years. You may think it's thriving, but i promise you it is not. Ask any venue owner in town and they will agree with me.     Thank you all for your time, Rodney Kiichi MinorMarble City Graphics Co.Graveflower Records

Rodney Minor
14 supporters