Thursday, September 29, 2011
This is the end. dgArts
The news of the sudden demise of dgArts, whilst not completely surprising given the level of funding the organisation has lost recently, was shocking in its delivery. The current situation has lost good people their jobs and has left projects incomplete and artists out of pocket.
Instant insolvency, with a hefty fee to the insolvency specialists the council have brought in, appears a brutal end to an organisation that's been at the forefront of the cultural sector in D&G for the best part of 30 years. A measured approach was called for and apparently ignored.
Inevitably tomorrow's local press will have the story. Anticipate headlines of woe, tales of gloom and doom mixed in with a soupçon of the blame and shame game, all topped off with the obligatory, 'what good are the arts when there's potholes to be filled?' clarion call beloved by the hard of thinking in our local letters pages.
Readers of this blog should now get involved in what replaces dgArts. The Catstrand is hosting an event on Monday the 3rd at 4pm for the regions Independents, the agenda had already planned to look at the role dgArts played in the regions creative delivery. Now it's your chance to say what you think should happen.
Naturally all our thoughts lie with Alan, Caroline, Danny, Rachel and Stephanie who held the fort in the most trying of situations and we at the Commonty wish all of them the very best for the future.
Posted by MMac & MB