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 Post subject: Arts funding big brother
PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2000 10:42 am 
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This does not seem to be a good idea to me. Love to hear other international thoughts.<BR> <A HREF="http://www.ottawacitizen.com/national/001204/4985719.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.ottawacitizen.com/national/001204/4985719.html</A>


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 Post subject: Re: Arts funding big brother
PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2000 12:58 pm 
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I read a very small blurb about this in one of the local entertainment papers which had a link to the conference's website:<BR> <A HREF="http://www.worldsummit.epress.ca/" TARGET=_blank>http://www.worldsummit.epress.ca/</A> <P>The website seemed to embody the article you posted: <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>details remain sketchy<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR>IMHO, a website that is difficult to navigate and has generally unclear, unfocused and under-developed content reflects the people behind it in a larger sense: they don't really know what it is they're trying to say or accomplish which leaves the designer in the lurch to come up with something that looks splashy but doesn't really have any substance.<P>A central database of arts research and activities is a good idea, I'm an ardent supporter of broad disemmination of information--like through the Internet for example--but I feel like this is putting the cart before the horse somewhat. <P>In Canada it's quite difficult to find out what's going on in dance from one end of the country to the other. The Internet is changing that somewhat, but it still only applies to artists that have some kind of budget (funding) to get press coverage on the Internet or through other media sources. <P>Where's the money for emerging artists? Most can't even afford to tour in their own country. It's great that the Canada Council wants to establish international ties but it's a very real and frustrating issue that most Canadians know NOTHING about dance *here*. Why aren't we focusing on building audiences in our own country?<P>I respect the fact that the people who work in this area want to trade information but it just seems that global rather than local solutions seem to be a very popular idea right now and if issues on the local level aren't worked out than how on earth can this succeed in the broader spectrum? <BR>


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