If you care about Arts and Culture, the best thing you can do is show your city councilor or candidate. It’s easy to get the conversation started!

Show Your Support

First, and most simply, you can show your support by using this #ArtsVote avatar on your social media accounts:

ArtsVote Avatar

(Right Click -> Save As -> Upload to Facebook etc.)

Tell Your Councilor

You may have heard that there is an election coming up! Candidates will be making the rounds and talking to voters, trying to secure votes. Let them know that your vote is contingent on their arts and culture policies.

The Greater Halifax Arts Coalition has asked all the candidates these questions, and we recommend that you do the same:

1: Do you support the creation of an arms length arts and culture granting body within 3 years?

2: Do you support raising the Arts and Culture funding budget, to meet the national average per capital municipal funding, from the current $300,000 to $768,000 by the end of 2018?

3: Do you support the recommendation that juries for these grants comprise professional artists who would be paid a nominal fee for this service?

4: Do you support the creation of a program for individual artists to access funding?

If you aren’t the type of person that will wait for the candidates to come to you, you can write them a letter or email to tell them that arts and culture are important to you. Here is a link to the official candidates list with their contact information:

http://www.halifax.ca/election/CandidateList.php

Vote!

Everyone should vote. We would of course appreciate it if you voted for councilors that support arts and culture! But even if you don’t… Vote!

To do so, you need to make sure that you are registered and eligible. You can find out here:

https://votersearch.halifax.ca/hrm/onvoterslist.html

See! Nothing to it!

Thanks for your support.