Arts funding conundrum could be solved

We say: A little compromise will go a long way to end the stalemate.

If the world was a perfect place, the Sooke arts community would be showered with money, and the district’s grants review committee would have money to burn.

Unfortunately those scenarios are more about dreams than reality.

The community grant review committee is recommending to District of Sooke council to slash funding to both the Sooke Community Arts Council and the Sooke Fine Arts Society, among others.

The committee has been faced with the prospect of not having enough money for all the requests and has been forced to recommend, in some cases, drastic cuts.

Sooke Community Arts Council was seeking $4,000 from the municipality. The committee is recommending that the council receive no funds. The fine arts society saw its $7,000 request cut in half.

The decisions, of course, will have ramification. Without the funding from the district, the arts council will not be able to get matching funding from the B.C. Arts Council and in turn not help with many art- and culturally based activities within the municipality.

The committee takes its direction from council, and looks to get the best value for the taxpayers dollar.

It’s at this crossroad where this year the two sides have come to a Y in the road.

Perhaps there is a solution here that can be taken either by the committee or council.

How about taking a look at the funding again? Could the district open up its pocketbook for a little more funding and perhaps the arts council and fine arts society could ask for less?

By shooting slings and arrows, nothing gets accomplished.

The arts are important to Sooke and council has to recognize that with several initiatives over the years (most recently the reestablishment of the Sooke Program for the Arts), but it also has a responsibility to be the wise caretakers of taxpayers’ money.

A little compromise on both fronts would go a long way to end the stalemate.

 

Just Posted

One arrested, weapons, and drugs seized in Sooke bust

During the Feb. 6 raid, police found firearms, ammunition, drugs, and brass knuckles

Meet the Greater Victoria athletes in Red Deer for the 2019 Canada Winter Games

Players express gratitude and excitement about representing Team BC

Unhealthy disagreement sees three First Nations chiefs take government to court

Claim and counter-claim: B.C.’s First Nations health department and administrator end up in court.

Victoria hotel trashes Channing Tatum in favour of B.C.’s Ryan Reynolds

Tatum’s picture left in recycling bin, replaced with photo of Ryan Reynolds

Moose Hide campaign takes message to Canadian schools

Campaign launches new K-12 education platform

‘Our entire municipality is heartbroken’: Seven children die in Halifax house fire

A man and woman remained in hospital Tuesday afternoon, the man with life-threatening injuries

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of Feb. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

New trial ordered over banning whales, dolphins at Vancouver aquarium

Park board’s appeal reverses previous decision that found it had no right to implement a ban

Minister says plans to fight poverty, climate change, focus of B.C. budget

The NDP said in its throne speech last week that affordability will be the hallmark of its initiatives

Make sure measles shots up to date, Public Health Agency says

Measles causes high fever, coughing, sneezing and a widespread painful rash

Bomb threats, gunfire, kidnapping: Drug war rocks Kamloops

Kamloops RCMP battles a series of violent events

Island fossil makes it to the top of the provincial list

Courtenay’s elasmosaur will be added to the official Provincial Symbols of British Columbia

Vancouver Island boys high school basketball bragging rights on the line

Oak Bay, Nanaimo, Ladysmith and Victoria host Island championships this weekend

Payless to close 248 Canadian stores, saying it’s ‘ill-equipped’ for market

The company will begin closing stores at the end of March

Most Read