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Artsy-Fartsy in 2007!

Posted by Cat / January 14, 2007

ryan_lg.jpg Chances are, you have probably mulled over the classic trilogy of New Year's resolutions. You should quit smoking, but the provincial government's anti-tobacco laws are helping you out in that department already so you really can't take all the credit, should you succeed. You've thought about being more physically active, but who's kidding who? You will never follow through on THAT resolution. In a momentary lapse in judgement (or during a January 1st hangover) you may have vowed to drink less this coming year. But what on earth for? If that truly is your goal, why not simply roll all three of these unimaginative resolutions into one simple pledge to be an absolute dullard in 2007?

So here's a resolution we can all get behind and that has been made fun and easy for us via a new initiative from the Canada Council for the Arts: support ahht. In honour of their 50th anniversary this year, the CCA is launching its "50 for 50 Arts Challenge". The best aspect of this project, apart from the whole "supporting the arts" thang, I suppose, is that it's ultimately not all that challenging. Now that's my kind of resolution! I mean honestly, why set yourself up for failure?


What the "50 for 50 Arts Challenge" does is ask the public "to participate in 50 arts activities during the anniversary year – ranging from reading a poem to singing in a choir to attending a film festival to looking at a painting – keep a record of their experiences and let the Council know about it." Fifty art acts may sound like a lot, but considering it's less than one a week, it ain't all that difficult. Perhaps the words of Ouiser Boudreaux are echoing in your head right now: "I do not see plays, because I can nap at home for free. And I don't see movies 'cause they're trash, and they got nothin' but naked people in 'em! And I don't read books, 'cause if they're any good, they're gonna make 'em into a miniseries." But as Canada Council director Robert Sirman points out, “The arts are all around us: on TV, radio and the Internet, in our local book or record stores, in our schools, community centers and parks as well as in such specialized venues as art galleries, theatres and concert halls.”

You all go to shows, I KNOW you do. You watch movies, you read books and magazines, and you are, at least, vaguely aware that fine arts are present in your city and that you could check them out sometime. Your regular commute to work in the summer months all-too-frequently finds you hopelessly trapped near a Jazz Fest stage. Remain calm, enjoy some warm beer, and add this to your list. And how often do you spend a soporific afternoon sitting in a park and staring blankly in front of you? Why not choose your spot carefully so that some random bit of public sculpture interrupts this blank stare? It'll take the edge of that nicotine craving, promise.

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FX / January 14, 2007 at 08:38 pm
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Bravo Cat! Très bonne idée d'informer notre vaste public de cette initiative du CAC. J'ai bien hâte de voir ce que Bob et sa gang vont faire avec les données récoltées à la fin de l'année mais le projet a le mérite, pour ceux qui ne le savent pas encore, de mettre en évidence toute l'importance de l'art et de la culture dans nos vies respectives.
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