The executive director of the Alliance for Arts and Culture is expressing disappointment with a new report on next year’s provincial budget produced by a committee of MLAs.
Rob Gloor said the report from the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services fails to address key concerns raised by members of the arts community.
“Sixteen different arts organizations and associations made presentations to this committee through its hearings across the province or through written submissions,” Gloor says in a statement on his arts-advocacy group’s website.
“Remarkably, the Report on the Budget 2013 Consultations made no reference to the requests brought forward by the arts community, in spite of the sector's significant impact on B.C.'s economic and social development,” he said.
The report was released on November 14, following a month-long public consultation process on the 2013 provincial budget. It contains a range of recommendations on areas including fiscal policy, health, education, and more.
However, Gloor said the report contains no direct recommendations on arts and culture and does not advise the B.C. government to avoid making new funding cuts to the sector.
“We at the Alliance are hopeful that the 2013 budget will include a clear proposal to replace the funds that will disappear when the 2010 Sport and Arts Legacy Fund ends this year,” he said.
“In its place, we strongly recommend an increase to the base funding for B.C. Arts Council grants, full restoration of Gaming Grants, and introduction of multi-year grant opportunities in both programs.”