So today I was invited by RodMac to the provincial government's Fall for the Arts launch. Last week I received a very posh flower arrangement from them, I suppose as incentive to attend. It works--I felt guilted into going even though my cat ate a bunch of the flowers last night and puked on the floor. But it was beautiful. And thank you.
The other reason I attended was because of the news that Rodney slammed the federal government's arts funding cuts, in a letter sent to the prime minister on August 29. But there were no announcements today: no fist-slamming or financial commitments, just a lot of talk about how much the arts mean to Nova Scotia's health, well-being and economy. Yadda. Gregor Ash, Atlantic Film Festival, which is about to kick off next week, came the closest to referencing the federal cuts when he spoke of how arts has been in the spotlight for the last couple of weeks.
The crowd was pretty mixed between government pin-striped suits and the all-black uniforms of cynical arts administrators, there for performances by Blue String Quartet and Drum, and maybe some sandwiches.