You might have noticed that 7.30 didn’t feature a segment on TAFE and the funding cut to Art last Friday. Rest assured, there will be one this Friday. We are beginning to get coverage: you might have seen the article by Katherine Danks in the Sunday Telegraph,and we’re expecting more news in the media this week.
Your support has been crucial to the momentum we have developed. I am writing now to ask for your financial help as well.
Until now we have managed a state-wide campaign with virtually no money. Individuals have printed off petitions and made placards. Avant Card sponsored 10,000 cards featuring There’s No Art Without Artists. Fine Arts Inc Meadowbank (FAIM) has paid for distribution of press releases, and the NSW Teachers Federation has helped us gain additional canvases for the Rally on 14 November (we have used as many recycled ones as possible).
But we have now reached a critical point and need a small amount of funds. We need to pay to print leaflets to distribute at the Rally and at community forums. And we need money to meet the costs of an Artrage Art Industry event to be held on Monday 19 November. This event will bring together prominent artists, gallery owners, art businesses, art academics and writers to express public support for TAFE art education.
We need about $2000, and we are hoping that individual supporters can assist with small donations. As an incorporated association, FAIM can issue receipts, but it does not have tax deductibility status. If we have any money left over at the end of the campaign, we propose to divide it between the broader Save TAFE campaign and CommunityRun (who run this site to assist community action campaigns).
To make a donation, please email me (savetafeart @gmail dot com) and I will send you the account details for electronic transfer – that way I can also make sure I can send you a receipt for the money.
Finally, we need all paper petitions back by Monday next week (12 November) so they can be handed into Parliament on Wednesday at the Rally
Thank you all for the work and support,
Save Art in TAFE Campaign