Saturday, January 22, 2011

Home is Where the Art is...

Nation, those of you who follow the #ableg hashtag on Twitter probably can't help but be aware of this already, but there is a meeting happening in Calgary this week, being put on by a group called "Save Our Fine Arts".

While I'm not associated with the group in any formal way (I know some of the people in it, but that's hardly surprising), I'm certainly interested - as a musician and private educator - in the pending changes to the way that the fine arts are taught in Alberta schools.

The meeting itself will be attended by many luminaries (including myself, naturally), and will feature a panel discussion and presentation from the Minister of Education, the Honourable Dave Hancock.

From the group website:

You are invited to attend a public meeting with Minister of Education Dave Hancock on Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 at 7 p.m. at Central Memorial High School Theatre, located at 5111 – 21st Street S.W. in Calgary.

This event is co-sponsored by the Calgary Board of Education and the Save Our Fine Arts (SOFA) Committee. It is also endorsed by the Calgary Catholic School District, Candian Rockies School Division (Bow Valley) and the Palliser School District (Lethbridge).

I'd encourage you, if you're thinking of attending, to show up early, as seating will be limited and the RSVP's that have come in so far have prompted the group to issue a similar message on its own web site.

More information about the event can be found on the SOFA website, at

See you there, Nation!

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