It's time to look at the next suggestion in Brent Toderian's City Resolutions and this one is timely for all the wrong reasons. Resolution #13 is "Support local arts and culture with your feet and dollars every day, so you won’t have to fight to save them when they’re under threat of closure. Support local stores and services, especially those like bookstores and theaters that not only support the local economy more than chains, but also contribute to local culture and character. Support stores, cafes, and other businesses that choose designs that strengthen the sidewalk and street, and contribute to the neighborhood. See my hashtag #StickyStreets."
Its unfortunate timeliness is due to this week's announcement that IMPACT19 has lost a major source of funding resulting in several changes and cuts to this Fall's festival. You can read details about that funding loss and what it means for the festival in this article.
It seems in this current climate of cuts and searching for 'efficiencies', that supporting our local arts and businesses is needed more than ever. If this isn't yet part of your routine, take a moment to identify a local arts event or festival, a local cafe or restaurant, or another local business and make a plan to support it this week. Also, spread the word about your favourite local events and businesses so others can also support them. And comment below about some of your current 'local' favourites. #365ofgoodWR