Difficult economic times call for difficult budgetary decisions and the arts certainly are not immune. This is not news either. Today's news, however, came as a surprise: Funding for literary programming in Regina has been slashed horribly. Details here. I hope alternate funding can be found.
I wonder if a literary family tree (listing schools, universities, organizations and events each writer has been involved with, schools and universities where their work has been presented and studied, links between writers and programs, etc.) would help city council revalue the roots, reach and range of contributions writers make to the greater community in Regina.
A literary map of Regina might help, too. Complete with legends.
In the meantime, thank you to the City of Regina for the years of support to the literary arts, an admirable example of forward thinking. We've all benefited greatly.
UpdateMay 30 - The Regina Leader-Post May 29 story on the latest developments, which include transitional funding and the City's plans to look at the system.
July 18 - Good news in the SWG ebriefs July 12 issue:
City Council Approves SWG Transitional Funding
On Monday, July 8, 2013 the Regina City Council voted to approve that the SWG receive transitional funding for our 2014 fiscal year. This is good news as we are to receive 90% of our original grant application request. We will be able to continue the majority of our programing for the coming year, including the City of Regina Writing Award, Words in the Park, and several other important events and activities.
Hats off to City Council! Hats off to the SWG staff! This must have entailed an enormous amount of work.