It was suggested at the Budget Committee session that TAG was not a stable organization or that there were questions about its future?.
TAG Cornwall has been around over thirty years, over twenty in the same location.
While it has endured criticism, as all organizations have at one point or another; it has functioned and nurtured some of the finest talent that has ever been exhibited in Cornwall.
It has also been the place where many young people have been exposed to the arts via school and Summer programs.
TAG Cornwall is not about making money. It’s about promoting art, especially local art and frequently local artists have been given an opportunity that they would not have in a traditional commercial gallery.
This incredibly important service is vital to any community if it truly values the Arts & Culture.
Sadly, five of our eleven elected officials essentially recommended cutting off further funding for TAG for the balance of this year. The questions asked at our presentation were not related to the presentation. The statements made were hurtful given the sacrifices that this new board was happy to make to ensure the future success of the Art Community in Cornwall and the area.
We hope that council as a whole would consider the full and true impact of TAG and its place in Corwalll and support the Arts as many of them stated they would during the election.
As President of TAG Cornwall I would like to invite all of the community to let council know that the arts are important to them and that TAG Cornwall is the centre of Art in our great city.
I hope to see many of you at the March 23rd Council meeting.
Wyatt J Walsh, President TAG Cornwall