April 20, 2017
They are now incorporated as a non profit; they are organized and they are selling memberships.
What will people get for their money?
ACCOB’s purpose is:
To increase public understanding, knowledge and appreciation of arts and culture in Burlington and surrounding area by providing information about performances, exhibitions and other activities of an artistic and cultural nature.
To provide educational seminars related to arts and culture.
To be a catalyst to inspire, engage, connect and advocate on behalf of members of the artistic and cultural communities, to support a vibrant and creative artistic and cultural community in Burlington and surrounding area.
To promote and foster artistic and cultural development and appreciation of, and participation in, arts and culture for the benefit of Burlington residents.
Artists – be they painters, musicians, dancers need space to work in. They need marketing help.
The city has been a major help with their public art program – which is great for the visual artists. The performing artists could use a much better break from the Performing Arts Centre on the cost of renting space. There is one organization that has done very successful program at the Performing Arts Centre that find they may have to go somewhere else – the prices are just too high.
Worse, the organization does not want their name used – they fear repercussions. Being afraid to speak up and speak out is not an ingredient for a place where healthy dialogue can take place.
The arts get lip service when they appear before city council.
The operations that the city owns – even if at an arm’s length basis – get solid funding. The Art Gallery of Burlington, the Performing Arts Centre, the Museums know how much money they are going to receive from the city each year.
The plants that decorate the roadways in the city get paid for.
If the Arts and Cultural Council of Burlington wants to get more than a polite pat on the head and a “we really appreciate what you are doing” they are going to have to be stronger than this.
Send them your cheque TODAY and you will become a Founding Member – something you can add to your resume.
They don’t tell you on their web site where to send the cheque – the web site is still “under construction”.
It is a start.