Thursday, March 15, 2007

Genevieve Cadieux takes the money and runs...


On tuesday Genevieve Cadieux scored $5,000 from Pratt & Whitney.

Louise Roy, Chair of the Conseil des arts de Montréal , is shown with Geneviève Cadieux, winner of the Les Femmeuses Pratt & Whitney Canada Prize and Annick Laberge, Manager, Public Affairs, Pratt & Whitney Canada. (CCNMatthews Photo/Pratt & Whitney Canada)

All fine and dandy, until you relize that it was in fact a cost cutting measure by Pratt & Whitney. Last year (actually 10 months ago) they were touting loudly how they had succeded in raising, on average, $50,000 for women's shelters each and every year for the past 20 years. Actually going back over my notes, it looks like they were doing WAY better than that, recently. They rasied $160,000 last year, $150,000 in 2005, and $175,000 in 2004.

And on top of it enabled women artists a venue to sell their work, network, and was the closest thing we had to a 'real' art fair, and on top of it was one of the few art things that happened on the south shore. SO what do they do? Toss $10,000 each to seven women's shelters this year, and $5,000 to Ms. Cadieux and call it a day.

Personally if it had been me, I would have taken the opportunity to politely decline their award.

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