All right all you corporate patrons of the arts — time to pony up. Yesterday, Heather Klimchuk, Minister of Alberta Culture and Community Services, announced that the provincial government is committing $750,000 towards the Calgary 2012 initiative. The catch: $250,000 of that sum will be made available immediately, but the remaining 500 Gs will be divvied out to match corporate donations.
Calgary 2012 executive director Karen Ball says that while they haven’t yet begun the contracting process with the government over where exactly these funds will be headed, the initial request for funding called for supporting Calgary 2012’s public access initiative, one of the four “goals” earmarked by the project. (“Capacity, excellence, and cultural industry,” being the other three.)
Ball says an “Alberta Artists’ Day” and a variety of community participation programs and events may arise as a result of the cash infusion.
“No matter where you live or what your income is, we want you to have access to cultural opportunities,” says Ball.
Ultimately, however, any capital raised by corporate sponsors will likely be allocated according to whatever direction donors would like to see funded.
Got that Epcor, Suncor, Encana, et al? The mixed media, fiberglass and paper mache-constructed ball is in your court.