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Visual Art: September 2011 Archives

Art: What's the Point?

There's a lot of nervousness in the arts community this fall. In June's federal budget, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said he wants to find a way to eliminate the deficit by 2014-2015.

That means the government has to find a way to save about 4 billion dollars a year, and many people who work in the arts are afraid they'll be on the chopping block.

McGill University is holding a public round table discussion about this issue, asking the question: "Faced with government cutbacks and media cynicism, what real and identifiable benefits do the arts contribute to the public good?"

Professor Paul Yachnin is moderating the discussion. He is McGill's Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies. Margie Gillis will be speaking on the panel. She is one of Quebec's best known contemporary dancers and choreographers.

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Daytrip to Joliette

musee_gaetane_35.jpgLooking for a day trip? Head to Joliette.

The art museum there is opening five new exhibtions next week. They also have a surprising collection of Quebec modern art.

No car? No problem. A shuttle service runs between the Musee d'Art Contemporain in Montreal and the Musée d'Art de Joliette. The shuttle leaves from downtown Montreal at 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, September 25. It's first come, first serve, so plan to arrive early. The shuttle arrives in Montreal at 5:00 p.m..

Gaetane Verna is the Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Musée d'art de Joliette.

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