Tuesday, December 19, 2006

50 for 50 Arts Challenge? You must be kidding


The bright minds at the Canada Council have come up with something called the 50 for 50 Arts Challenge in order to celebrate the golden anniversary of the council. They want Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast to read a poem or sing in a choir, or attend a film festival or look at a painting and then email the council who will then publish some sort of notice on their website.

Personally, I would have prefered if they replaced 'poem' with 'book of poetry' and 'a painting' with 'an exhibition.' Along with something that elevated the whole concept above the level of your standard issue 3rd grade school homework. But what are you going to get from a bureaucracy attempting to celebrate?

Now that I think about it, if I had been in the shoes of the council, I would have asked one of my many administrative assistants to go back and find the couples who had gotten married on March 28, 1957 and then organized some sort cross Canada tour for them where they visited things that had been funded by the council. Way better press opportunities, don't you think?

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