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Here is a list of recent “clippings” of note:

July, 2010

  • The Province hosts an opinion piece by Music B.C.'s executive director Bob D'Eith on the importance of the music copyright bill for the development of new artists, free file-sharing on the Internet and more. (July 27)

  • The Guardian reveals the beauty of Brazil's cultural community and how its success derives from the government's trust in the transformative power of the arts. (July 23)
  • The Tyee's Shannon Smart questions the government's commitment to literacy in B.C. when the result of its funding cuts will be the imminent closure of the Teen Reading Club. (July 19)

  • The Tyee elaborates on the blow to artists by the B.C. government's gaming cuts, provoking thoughts on what to do in order to save the arts and upkeep cultural sustainability in the province. (July 13)

  • The Georgia Straight announces the 33rd annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival, featuring performing artists from around the world. It will take place July 16 to 18 at Jericho Beach Park. (July 13)

  • The Vancouver Sun's Gillian Shaw talks about how social media serves as a forum to aid in removing social stigmas surrounding mental illness. (July 9)

  • The Georgia Straight's Janet Smith relays the Vancouver Art Gallery's proposal for a new "pedestrian-oriented space," with board member David Aisenstat and city planning director Ray Spaxman commenting on citizen involvement and development. (July 8)

  • The Tyee reports on the federal government's new digital strategy plan for Canada's future, and whether this initiative caters to the interests of the people or the industry. (July 7)

  • The Georgia Straight welcomes The Goh Ballet Academy's new director Chan Han Goh, a National Ballet of Canada dancer with plans of scholarships and future performances already in her agenda. (July 5)

June, 2010

  • Xtra Vancouver reports on the most recent assaults on arts funding, with extensive quotes from Alliance for Arts and Culture advocacy task force chair Sandra Garossino and NDP arts and culture critic Spencer Chandra Herbert. (June 8)

  • The apparent suicide last week of Vancouver-born artist Tobias Wong has received reports and comment from Vancouver Sun columnist Miro Cernetig  (June 7) the Province newspaper's Cheryl Chan (June 6) and William Grimes of The New York Times. (June 2)
  • The Vancouver Sun runs an o-ped piece by Michael Goldberg, the H.R. Fullerton professor of urban land policy at UBC, making the case for why the Vancouver Art Gallery belongs at the old bus depot site. (June 4)
  • The Vancouver Sun features "The Modern Women," a special exhibition of Impressionist art that will be unique to the Vancouver Art Gallery, and will showcase masterpieces from Paris' Musee D'Orsay. It opens June 5. (June 2)
  • The National Post discusses the need to reform Canada's overdue and oudated Copyright Act to ensure the works of modern gaming, arts and culture industries are protected. (June 1)

  • The Tyee's Michael Geist reports on the Fighting Internet and Wireless Spam Act and Safeguarding Canadians' Personal Information Act, along with its risks regarding notification of data breaches. (June 1)

May, 2010

  • The Vancouver Sun announces the provincial government's decision to end gaming funds grants to arts and music festivals, as announced by Housing and Social Development Minister Rich Coleman. (May 29)
  • The National Post interviews Simon Brault, CEO of the National Theatre School on his new book, No Culture, No Future. (May 27)
  • The Georgia Straight's Arts Notes talks about the arts community's frustration with the ongoing confusion surrounding gaming grants. (May 27)
  • The National Post continues the speculation and anticipation surrounding imminent changes to Canada's copyright law.  (May 27)
  • The Globe and Mail's  Marsha Leaderman reports that youth arts groups are being told that without active youth participation, they are inelegible from money from provincial gambling operations. (May 26)
  • The Tyee's Michael Geist offers a sneak preview of Canada's pending copyright reform bill, expected to be introduced in the next few days. (May 25)
  • The Tyee's Mike Bocking muses about the future of Canadian newspapers in a world saturated with online media and suffocated by American ownership. (May 24)
  • The Vancouver Sun's columnist Pete McMartin attended the Thursday, June 20 symposium on plans for a new Vancouver Art Gallery, and concludes that those plans are a blank canvass readied for any vision, as long as it's the gallery's. (May 22)

  • The Vancouver Sun marks Yahoo's purchase of the publishing company Associated Content: their newest tactic to attract advertisers and boost media content. (May 19)

  • The Georgia Straight announces Shattering Our (In)visibility, a multimedia arts exhibition about Filipino perspectives on Canadian identity, which is showing at the Museum of Vancouver until May 27.

  • The Vancouver Sun reviews a documentary in memory of Canadian musician Oliver Schroer. It will be showing May 19-20.

  • The Georgia Straight's Brooke Hykaway reports on the new cArtographies documentary, which focuses around the talents and experiences of 19 B.C.-based artists. (May 13)

  • The Tyee's Crawford Kilian shares his trenchent and amusing thoughts on The 10 Most Harmful Novels for Aspiring Writers and a number of writers, including Steve Burgess, offer their own additions to the list.
  • CBC News reveals a project by public and school libraries in B.C. to make BC non-fiction accessible online. (May 13)

  • The Georgia Straight is running a reminder for Emily Carr University of Art and Design's annual student exhibit, which is open until this Sunday, May 16.

  • The Georgia Straight examines Jordan Nobles' unique coast-to-coast concert series, 6-Team League, which takes place on May 15.

  • CBC News divulges Canwest's new CEO Paul Godfrey and his "digital-first" attitude to shift its newspapers towards a more online focus. (May 11)

  • The Georgia Straight reports on Kim Cattrall's donation to the Vancouver Youth Theatre and her statement of support for the arts. (May 10)

  • The Georgia Straight's Adrian Mack reports the new-found interest in young adults on spoken word performance at IGNITE! Youth Festival, which runs May 17 to 22. (May 6)
  • The National Post reports on the advisory panel struck to establish the focus of the Canadian Prizes for the Arts and Creativity, to be awarded in 2011. (May 4)


April, 2010

  • Vancouver Sun's Kevin Griffin previews the annual graduation exhibition at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, which runs May 2 through 16.

  • Vancouver Sun readers John Tippen and Bob Crockett offer their contrary views on Mr. Tovey's appeal for more investment in cultural infrastructure. (April 28)

  • The Georgia Straight reports on the projected $350M cost of a new Vancouver Art Gallery. (April 28)

  • The Vancouver Sun's Miro Cernitig reports on the recent Vancouver 2050 forum and Bramwell Tovey's call for building up the City's cultural infrastructure. (April 26)

  • The Tyee's David Tracey continues his campaign to introduce the pleasures of opera to the unlikely and the fearful. Write the editor explaining why you're afraid of opera and you could be David's next date.

  • The Georgia Straight reports on the forthcoming closure of Sophia Books. (April 26)

  • The Saint John Telegraph-Journal interviews Heirtage Minister James Moore, who recommends "balance" in cultural funding between a mix of public and private funding where possible, and, if not, governement funding -- including funds from the canada Concil. (April 24)

  • The Vancouver Sun's Kevin Griffin interviews The Arts Club Theatre's Howard Jang on yesterday's announcement of the nation-wide Culture Days. (April 22)

  • The Georgia Straight's Janet Smith reports that BC culture minister Kevin Kreueger's announced BC Arts and Culture Week in Victoria yesterday but did not, as hoped, make an announcement about how a new $10-million arts legacy fund will be dispersed.

  • The Vancouver Sun features a letter from Powder Blues Band leader Tom Lavin deploring cutbacks to school band programs. (April 20)
  • The Tyee's Dorothy Woodend takes a look at the upcoming  Projecting Change Film Festival and DOXA Documentary Film & Video Festival. (April 16)

  • The Globe and Mail reports that two exhibit rooms at the National Gallery with works involving sex, dead animals and Nazi images will be closed to patrons under eighteen. (April 14)

  • The Tyee's Michael Geist reports on a leaked draft of an international anti-counterfeiting agreement and outlines what it could mean for the Internet. (April 13)

  • The Vancouver Sun's Miro Cernetic ponders the prospect, and price tag, for a new Vancouver Art Gallery. (April 13)

  • The Vancouver Sun ran a four-part series on the impact that art can have in the physical and mental health of a community, featuring Vancouver Adapted Music (April 3)  The Health Arts Society (April 5), Theatre Terrific (April 6), and Gary Fisher's screen adaptation of George Ryga's novel Hungry Hills. (April 7)

  • BC Business Magazine publishes a piece by Thompson Rivers University professor of sociology John Bratton on the importance of a creative workspace. (April)

  • The Atlantic's Megan McArdle muses on the battle shaping up in the literary world between Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iPad. (April)


March, 2010

  • reports that Emily Carr University of Art and Design plans to develop its own iPhone application highlighting the work of local cultural producers, including Emily Carr faculty and students. (March 30)

  • The New York Times reports that Britian's Ambassador Theater Group is seeking business deals with theater owners and producers in the US to create a cross-Atlantic distribution network for live shows. (March 30)

  • The Vancouver Sun announces Emily Molnar's appointment as permanent artistic directyor of Ballet BC. (March 29)

  • The Vancouver Sun reports that B.C. film and TV production spending is up $100M over 2008. (March 26)

  • 24hrs posts a video interview with "Canada's most relevant poet" Shane Koyczan. (March 24)

  • The Vancouver Sun's readers responded to the late Abram Rogotnick's opinion against relocation of the Vancouver Art Gallery with a variety of strong opinions of their own. Gordon A. Smith and George Pajari think the late professor was wrong, Bruce Wright and Charles Hou agree with him, and Geoff Holtersuggests "something really visionary" for a new gallery and other ameneties on the old bus station site. (March 15 and 22)

  •'s Charlie Smith reports on the upcoming March 23 Vancouver City Council vote on $600,000 worth of public art projects recommended by staff, including $10,000 for a new Beatty Street mural. (March 20)

  • The Vancouver Sun's Kevin Griffin reviewed the "golden gift" to Vancouver that was the Cultural Olympiad, and the paper  ran a selection of  "Reflections from the arts community" on the Olympiad with comments from Heather Redfern, Bob D'eith, Barb Clausen and Kathleen Bartels. (March 20)

  • The Globe and Mail's Marsha Lederman offers her picks for Cultural Olympic gold. (March 19)

  • The Vancouver Courier's Cheryl Rossi reports on the imminent demise of Granville Island's Wood Co-op Gallery. (March 19)

  • The Vancouver Sun's John Mackie revisited a 2004 plan for expansion of the Vancouver Art Gallery in its present location and reader  (March 15)

  • The Vancouver Sun ran the late Abraham Rogatnick's views on moving the Vancouver Art Gallery to a new location -- he was against it. (March 11)

  • Vancouver Sun reporter Randy Shore takes another run at crunching the numbers involved in the provincial arts funding cuts. (March 11)

  • WE's Jackie Wong interviews visual artist and new Helen Pitt Gallery point man Keith Higgins on the arts community's ongoing funding struggles. (March 10)

  • Vancouver Sun columnist Miro Cernetig gives front-page coverage to Vancouver Opera's Nixon In China and general manager Jim Wright's marketing acumen.
  • The Tyee's Andrew MacLeod reports on the arts community's take on the March 2 budget and sets the record straight with the facts. (March 4)

  • reports on the Alliance's and MLA Spencer Herbert's exposing the "B.C. Liberal shell game". (March 3)

  • The Globe and Mail's Marsha Lederman reports on the arts community's dissapointment with the March 2 BC budget. (March 3)


February, 2010

  • Xtra West managing editor Robin Perelle asks "This is what democracy looks like?" and reports yet another instance of apparent Olympic security excess. (Feb 25)

  • The Georgia Straight reports on the work of the City of Vancouver's archivists and how they are giving equal consideration to preserving our future. (Feb 25)
  • The Globe and Mail's (Feb. 23 .10) Marsha Lederman reports on artist Claire Kujundzic's hidden-from-the-public artwork and the contract with VANOC that forbids her talking about it.

  • NDP culture critic Spencer Herbert tells the Georgia Straight's (Feb. 18 .10) Charlie Smith that he's worried that B.C. Liberal government might "try to fudge the numbers" in the next budget to make it look as though arts funding has been restored.

  • Stephen Hume in the Vancouver Sun (Feb. 15 .10) points out the underlying prejudices behind the “starve the symphony to feed the poor” rhetoric.

  • Paul Nashasks Gordon Campbell and Stephen Harper, in a letter to the Sun editor,  if they know who made possible the spectacular Opening Ceremonies.

  • At ( Feb. 15) Travis Lupick reports on the “medal-worthy” flashmob that danced in the streets of downtown Vancouver last Saturday (with video clip).

  • Mark Leiren-Young takes exception in The Tyee (Feb. 15 .10) to “the man who decided B.C. didn’t need arts funding basking in the reflected glory of B.C.’s finest artists” at the Olympics Opening Ceremonies.

  • CBC News (Feb. 04) reported that BC filmmakers weren't exactly over the moon over new tax breaks announced for film and digital media producers.

  • Max Wyman, wrote to the Vancouver Sun (Feb. 03) saying "Bravo to Miro Cernetig for bringing the economic case for arts and culture funding to the attention of The Sun's readers".

  • Sound Therapy Radio (Feb. 02) posted an interview with Federal Minister responsible for the arts James Moore.


January, 2010

  • Miro Cernetig in the Vancouver Sun (Jan. 29) makes the case that the Olympic's cultural legacy will disappear if arts funding cuts continue.


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