PRESS RELEASE: Joint Statement on the Proposed Auckland Council Funding Cuts to Devonport-Takapuna Local Board
At a recent meeting of leaders of local Devonport organisations there was unanimous concern at the proposed Auckland Council budget cuts.
Why have the arts, culture and creativity been excluded from the Auckland plan’s strategic priorities?
Arts activist Elise Sterbeck points out that, “this plan replaces the previous Auckland Plan and the “liveable city” vision, and removes one of the guiding principles for our sector, the goal of “integrating arts and culture into the everyday lives of Aucklanders.” Without this objective, the policies (Toi Whitiki – Council’s Regional Arts and Culture Strategy) and resources dedicated to supporting our sector are at risk.”
We cannot over-emphasise the need to make a submission regarding the essential part the arts play in the life of a city and that Auckland Council has a responsibility to ensure its sustainability.
To make a submission to the draft Auckland plan and 10 year budget go to: shapeauckland.co.nz and give your feedback under the “Any other feedback” sections. Submissions close Wednesday 28th March, 8pm.
Depot Artspace is a passionate advocate for community arts. In 2014, we wrote an alternative action plan in response to Auckland Council’s Arts Strategy which was thin on the ground in relation to art in the community, focusing more on structured and institutionalised activities and facilities. You can read our Alternative Grassroots Arts and Culture Action Plan HERE.