One eyeopener I have experienced since shuffling from an ink-stained media hack to a dark-side councillor position has been the attention and interpretation given in your average news story to my astounding words of wisdom.
On that note, I would like to repeat comments made this week when council selected a future Centre in the Square mandate that leans more toward local arts-culture groups than it does to commercial interests and profits. I was one of a council majority that voted in favour of a qualified arts-culture option that includes requestingt a resolution to a spat between the orchestra and Centre over prime booking dates.
Only the “moderation” phrase was found in The Record’s coverage of a subject in which I actually commented:
“As it says in the Centre report, creative people live in creative communities….the Centre is an important economic contributor and a magnet for economic and community development.
There are those who argue we can’t afford our Centre in the Square, art gallery and symphony. And I would remind those who are strictly for the dollars and cents that all our economic reports and strategies show, time and again, that performing arts provide a priceless vitality that results in a diverse and healthy economy.
In other words, one sure way to attract industrial and commercial activity along with jobs to Kitchener is to support arts and culture.
Through the weekend, I enjoyed some outstanding theatre at the Registry, I saw some generous community support at a gala for the symphony and noted the new art exhibition opening for schoolkids at the art gallery.
That’s a good example of an extremely healthy arts-culture environment in Kitchener — one I supported in the past election and one I will continue to support.
I have no qualms about providing the necessary money to help the Centre regain its past glory but I don’t want to see that happen if it causes financial and other grief for the symphony and the art gallery. I want to see moderation.”