It was clear that Council did not take budget decisions lightly. What was less clear were the rationales behind some of those tough decisions.
“I urge you to repeal these cuts immediately. If you do, I would be more than happy to continue in my current position as poet laureate. If you do not, then you cannot pretend to be the sort of city that deserves a poet laureate anyway.”
The City of St. John’s recent handling of a public art installation and council’s arbitrary budget cuts to arts funding have spurred major resistance from artists in Canada’s most colourful and creative city. Some say decision-makers’ disregard for the arts could prompt artists to leave Newfoundland altogether.