Barry O’Farrell and Adrian Piccoli could learn a thing or two from Michelle Obama about the importance of art to society.
While the Obamas “believe strongly that arts education is essential for building innovative thinkers who will be our nation’s leaders of tomorrow,” the NSW Liberal Government is stuck in a restrictive mode of thinking. They do not see the value in art, the value in a well-rounded education, or the value in creative thinking.
Cuts to TAFE in New South Wales will have a particularly devastating effect on arts courses. Citing low “job prospects” and “completion rates”, from 1 January 2013 the majority of fine arts courses in NSW will no longer be subsidised by the government. This will effect students halfway through courses, with many concerned that they will not be able to afford the astronomical rise in fees to complete their courses. TAFE teachers across a wide variety of disciplines are also facing the grim prospect of losing their jobs.
- The NSW edition of the 730 report featured a story on 9 November on NSW TAFE cuts, focusing on changes to the funding of arts course.
- Save Art in TAFE Facebook Group