The Star By: Christopher Hume Urban Issues, Published on Fri Apr 26 2013
First came the mass demolitions of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s that reduced whole swaths of the downtown core to a giant parking lot. Today many of the buildings under construction are on the asphalt spaces for which so many historic structures were destroyed. If the city hadn’t been so free with the wrecking ball back then, we wouldn’t need to build today’s Toronto seemingly from scratch. Even the great Union Station came close to being razed. Designed to impress, it was conceived as one of the great train terminals in Canada, if not North America. When finally unveiled in 1927 — railway and bureaucratic bickering delayed its opening by fully seven years — it ranked right up there on the growing city’s list of landmarks. As Edward, Prince of Wales, said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, “You build your stations like we build our cathedrals.” Yet less than 50 years later, Union Station had been declared obsolete and was threatened with demolition. In 1972, train travel was in decline and the country’s two main railroads — Canadian Pacific and Canadian National — declared their intention to build a massive convention centre on the site. The building was saved by the huge outcry that greeted the announcement; city council voted to reject the redevelopment proposal. Today Union Station, the busiest transit hub in the country, is undergoing a massive $665-million revitalization $665-million revitalization. More than 250,000 commuters use it daily, which means its role in the life of the city has never been more critical. Of course, not all buildings are Union Station; most of the heritage structures we tear down are more modest in their architecture and purpose. But unlike the grand terminus, they can be altered to meet changing needs and tastes. Read more.
Congratulations to CAPACOA!
April 29, 2013 - Performing arts presenting generates a wide range of benefits for Canadians, the communities they live in and society at large, according to a report prepared by Strategic Moves and released today by the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA).
The Value of Presenting: A Study of Performing Arts Presentation in Canada includes a comprehensive historical and contemporary overview of the performing arts ecosystem. It reveals that performing arts are valued by the vast majority of Canadians – across socio-economic differences – and it provides a new perspective on younger Canadians’ interest in live performing arts. Most importantly, the study identifies a broad range of public benefits associated with performing arts presentation, including better health and well-being, greater energy and vitality in communities, and a more caring and cohesive society.
Survey shows clear connection between thanking, engaging donors and meeting fundraising goals
(San Diego, CA) Nearly six in 10 charities surveyed (58 percent) raised more in 2012 than they did in 2011 from contributions, marking the first time since 2006 that significantly more than half showed such positive results. Last year at this time, 53 percent had raised more.
The research was released at the annual conference of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, a partner in the six-member Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC). This is the third annual report by the NRC and includes responses from nearly 1,200 charitable organizations in the United States and Canada. There were no differences in fundraising results across the two countries, by region of the US, or by type of recipient charity.
While raising more than the prior year is one measure of success, meeting fundraising goals—which fluctuate for many reasons—is another. For 2012, among respondents with a goal, 63 percent met that fundraising goal. This percentage is also higher than in 2011 when 59 percent met the organization’s fundraising goal. A small subset of survey participants have responded year to year, and the results were the same for this panel as they were for the overall survey respondent group.
“The NRC survey also asked about donor engagement and confirmed that simple steps are critical to giving and philanthropy,” said Andrew Watt, FInstF, President and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. “Charities that routinely send thank-you letters to every donor were significantly more likely to meet their fundraising goal for 2012 than those that did not send a thank you at all. Surprisingly, 29 percent of charities did not routinely send thank-you letters or emails for contributions received. This basic principle of successful fundraising cannot be stressed enough.”
A very useful and relevant conversation to have out loud.
Globe and Mail, April 20, 2013 - by Kate Taylor
For the past two decades, there have been two small companies in Toronto devoting themselves to creating new Canadian operas: Tapestry, and Queen of Puddings Music Theatre. But then, this winter, Queen of Puddings announced it was closing shop.
“I felt sick to my stomach,” says Tapestry artistic director Wayne Strongman. “There isn’t any particular pride in saying Tapestry is the only company doing this. I have longed for context for our work. … It would be so much easier for us if there were other companies.” Read more
Introducing Arts Summit 2013
Over the years there have been many conversations about the need for a holistic approach to cultural policy and practice in BC. At Arts Summit 2013 we plan to take the next steps towards a comprehensive and sustainable cultural framework for our province and begin a year-long process that will see us return to the table in 2014 with a document for discussion and adoption.
Arts Summit 2013, June 21 and 22 at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, will include voices from all arts, cultural, and heritage sectors, the creative industries, the tourism and hospitality industries, all levels of government (elected and administrative), and other stakeholders. An important element will be representation from across the province, with collaboration with regional cultural community leaders. Read More
Calgary Herald, April 17, 2013
Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who was an associate professor at Mount Royal University prior to being elected mayor in 2010, sent the following letter to Richard Shaw, Chair of the Mount Royal University Board of Governors, earlier today. Nenshi says the deep cuts proposed to several Mount Royal programs due to provincial budget cuts should be reconsidered and that the school must stand up to the provincial government.
Dear Mr. Shaw,
It is with great concern that I read of the recommendation coming to the Mount Royal University Board of Governors for vertical program cuts. I have been on record as saying that the provincial government has made a terrible error in its post-secondary education policy – great cities need great universities and great universities need government support. No doubt these actions have made your life very difficult. However, I would encourage the leadership of MRU to stand up to the provincial government on behalf of its students, faculty, and community, rather than capitulate to the government’s bad policy. Read more
In preparation for the upcoming provincial election, the Arts Coalition of BC has compiled an Election Toolkit to assist members in engaging with candidates at a local level. Because of increasing competition for limited available public funding in the province, it is important that those who support the arts create a strong voice at a grassroots level and have the tools necessary to engage with our provincial leaders (and aspiring leaders) to share the message that arts and culture are a vital part of a sustainable future for British Columbia. We encourage our members to get involved in the upcoming provincial election campaign within your community and advocate for our sector. See the Toolkit
Cosmos & Culture, by Alva Noë, April 05, 2013
A few years back, I attended a Keith Jarrett solo piano recital at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. The hall, which seats nearly 3,000 people, was sold out. The first time an audience member coughed, Jarrett stopped playing and commented on the excellent timing of the cough. As others coughed, he expressed concern about possible contagion, wondering aloud why it was that people always got colds at his shows, noting how surprising it is that he never gets colds at his own shows. Before long he was berating the audience, challenging them to shut up and comparing this San Francisco crowd to anti-American audiences in Europe in the 1970s. The audience was enraged. "Just play, will you!" men shouted. People stormed out. Read More
Arts Beat, New York Times, April 17, 2013 - The songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Tony Award winners for “Ragtime,” will collaborate with the Tony-winning director Susan Stroman (“The Producers”) on the world premiere of the new musical “Little Dancer” in October 2014 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, the center announced Wednesday.
The show, a blend of fact and fiction set in the backstage world of the Paris Opera Ballet, is inspired by the sculpture of a young French ballerina that Edgar Degas made in the late 19th century. According to the Kennedy Center press notes, the musical is the story of the ballerina Marie, on the cusp of womanhood, as she is “torn by her family’s poverty, her debt to the artist, and the lure of wealthy men.”
Calgary Herald, April 17, 2013 - CALGARY— Mount Royal University put several programs on the chopping block Tuesday as campus officials work to plug the institution's $14-million budget hole. School provost Manuel Mertin said three diploma programs, four certificate programs and an engineering transfer program will likely stop accepting students this fall under an austere budget. "I was sick by the time I talked to people today," Mertin said, outside a closed-door budget town hall meeting. "I never imagined I would have to do this." The three diploma programs on the block are disability studies, music performance and theatre arts, while the four certificate programs are aging studies, forensics, journalism and perinatal care.
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