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The Culture Committee should have representation from Literary Arts

Jason Setnyk
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The Culture Committee should have representation from Literary Arts
Jason Setnyk has written an open letter to the members of Cornwall City Council. The selection of people chosen to the Culture Committee is excellent, however I feel that there is something crucial missing from this committee. The Culture Committee should have representation from Literary Arts.
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Cornwall - Oct. 26, 2011 - This is an open letter to the members of Cornwall City Council.

I read about the selection of people chosen for the Culture Committee in a local newspaper. From the arts community we have two experienced musicians, two experienced visual artists, and someone from the Youth Committee, as well as a good selection of people from the community-at-large, City Councillors, and members from the counties.

The selection of people chosen is excellent, however I feel that there is something crucial missing from this committee, and I hope it can be rectified, perhaps by adding space for at least one more member. One figure in the Culture Plan study had pleasantly surprized me: Literary Arts in SD&G exceeds the provincial average!

According to the Culture Plan there may be cultural tourism opportunities here with Literary Arts. Not only that, but Literary Arts, literacy, education, and libraries are also connected to economic development. I think it was a huge oversight not to include someone from Literary Arts in the Culture Committee.

Please consider selecting someone from the Literary Arts community to be represented on the Culture Committee. To me it just makes sense, because the SD&G Culture Plan highlights the importance of the Literary Arts! I say this as a literary artist and English teacher, as a tax payer, and as a promoter of arts and culture in our community.

I am writing this letter and sending this request to provide helpful and constructive feedback. I strongly support the goals of the Culture Plan, and I congratulate those selected to be on the Committee. Furthermore, I am willing to offer any help that I can to move the Culture Plan forward.


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