VANL-CARFAC Questions Place of Culture in Newly Named Department (NL)

For Immediate Release:
 Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador (VANL-CARFAC) is expressing concern over the recent renaming and restructuring of the department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development to become the department of Tourism, Industry and Innovation.”VANL would like to know how this renaming and restructuring will impact visual artists and the visual arts sector of our province and, to that end, is requesting a meeting with the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of the Department to discuss the changes,” said VANL-CARFAC board chair, Teresa Kachanoski: “We have been fielding questions from our membership and would like to know if there is a shift in priority and, if so, what this could mean for the cultural sector.”

“The departmental name change has provoked a strong response from the province’s visual arts community and social media campaigns are already proliferating. Artists want answers.” Kachanoski said.

VANL-CARFAC will keep its membership and the public at large in communication about this issue as it evolves.

For media requests or more information, contact Tessa Graham at the VANL offices, 709-738-7303 or