Tuesday, November 08, 2005

How much does it cost?


Yesterday, I came across this bit of news on the RCAAQ's website. Obviously a republishing of a press release from the Centre international d'art contemporain de Montréal, none the less it was pleasant news. Then I came across this bit of news, and thought I'd find something to write about in comparing Edmonton's support of the arts vs. Montreal's.

But if you look at the date on the press release from CIAC, you'll notice that the date is September 7, 2005. Or in plain numbers, 57 days before the RCAAQ got around to reprinting it.

However, to the task at hand, according to the article, the city of Edmonton sends about $500,000 each year to keep the Edmonton Art Gallery open. They are also planning on getting a whole bunch of other people together so that they can spend $48,000,000 to increase the size of the gallery by 60%.

If you look at the Conseil des arts de Montreal's website, you'll probably be as surprised as I was to find out that they don't support the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. Then, searching the Government of Canda's website, it appears that Canadian Heritage only gives a very small amount of money to the museum. Which therefore means that the Governement of Quebec does the majority of the funding, right?

Well, I went searching for any bit of information on where the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal gets its money, and how it spends it. It ain't as easy as you would think.

A) Using Google to search for annual report on the Musée's website, nothing.
B) Using Google to search for the annual report anywhere, nothing.
C) Searching the Government of Quebec's website for the annual report, I find that it was deposited someplace in the government and is called "Sessional Paper No. 1144-20041019."
D) In the Quebec government's budget (big pdf file), you can see that the museum gets $9,311,000 (pg. 63).
E) Using all of these searches, it is possible to find the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec's annual report, but no MACM.

So what's it all mean? I dunno, but if someone can tell me where I can find the Musée d'art contemporain's annual report, I'd be much obliged.

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