Rogers brings artists’ concerns to House
NDP Tourism, Culture and Recreation critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) brought the concerns of the province’s artists to the House of Assembly today.
“I have been getting emails and phone calls from artists and arts groups all over the province,” Rogers said in the House. “They are astounded and betrayed by the message sent to them from this government through the cutting of funding to the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.”
Government cut funding to the Arts Council by $33,000 in the 2012 budget; the cut represents .0000045 per cent of the total budget of the province.
Rogers pointed out that for every dollar the government invests in arts funding, $2.86 is generated in the economy.
“Our cultural industry is vital to our economy and sense of pride,” Rogers said. “Government continually touts our culture and artists as a huge part of what makes Newfoundland and Labrador a unique tourist destination. Yet they think it is a good idea to cut the already underfunded and beleaguered budget of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.”
“I ask the minister,” Rogers said today, “will he reverse these ridiculous cuts and bring NL Arts Council funding up to par with the rest of the country?”