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NEWS NEWS! ALSO MATT JELLY FOR WARD TWO!

Hey McMaster History Students have a lecture series going on and Hamilton cancels polling station there.  Also council tries to save itself from its own mistakes for arts?

Oh and one more thing, its election time and I want everyone out there in Hamilton to vote! Hamilton seems to have a very inefficent government based on taxing/ bylaw enforcing working businesses and letting abandoned buildings collect tax breaks. Everyone seems to be waiting for some big saviour, whether its walmart or redhill expressway to turn things around. I think Small business/ ordinary people can do a better job!

I know some people think voting is a joke but even if it is it’s a cruel one, ever wonder why Hamilton downtown is so bad? No votes!

That is why I just wanted to say this blog/site offically supports MATT JELLY FOR WARD TWO

Why?  The main reason is he’s done more for the city in the last year then I have seen from anyone else! He was organized garbage crawls/ Bylaw crawls in a effort to clean this city and get people into action on a concrete level. He’s discovered some nasty abandoned buildings that turned out held toxic chemicals. When did anyone else do this?

Also he’s new and I am not talking about him being young, Hamilton’s councillors seem to be in a semi-perminant state of suspended animation where all there opnions and ideas are all from a by gone era. Unacceptable!

Matt is one of the few with a actual background in the arts from being a musician/artist, I think he would add a fresh prespective to the lawyers/business people on council.

Hamilton deserves politicans who don’t just look at easy answers or think of quick solutions. Matt Jelly is passionate about civic issues and not just for artists or business people but for all people in this city.

I urge you to vote and vote for Matt!

Mac Art History Under Attack Again!

This was a comment on the site but I feel it should be its on post.

MAC ATTACK

ART HISTORY THREATENED…
(AGAIN)

ONCE MORE MCMASTER’S ADMINISTRATION IS TRYING TO CLOSE THE ART HISTORY PROGRAMS

The University Senate, having rejected a motion to close Art History programs on April 14, is being challenged as the Dean of Humanities is re-introduces the motion at Senate on Wednesday, May 12th, 3:00 PM, Council Chambers, Gilmour Hall (now that students have left). We URGENTLY need YOUR SUPPORT.

I Email the President, Peter George presdnt@mcmaster.ca and the incoming president, Patrick Deane patrick.deane@queensu.ca and be sure to copy macarthistory@gmail.com

II Attend an OPEN MEETING in support of Art History, gathering in the atrium of the Student Centre at 7:00 p.m., Monday, May 10 (Student, Alumni, and Faculty Speakers).

III Attend the SENATE MEETING on Wednesday May 12th, at 3pm. It is open to the public and your presence will demonstrate the community’s commitment to the fine arts.

MAC ART HISTORY HAS BEEN A PART OF THE HAMILTON ARTISTIC RENAISSANCE. IT IS NEEDED BY OUR COMMUNITY, ITS ARTISTS, AND ITS MUSEUMS. IT HAS BEEN PART OF THE CITY AND UNIVERSITY FOR OVER EIGHTY YEARS. DON’T LET IT GO THE WAY OF ITALIAN, SPANISH, GERMAN, COMPARATIVE LITERATURE, CULTURAL STUDIES, AND WOMEN’S STUDIES.

**See also our site http://www.scribd.com/macarthistory9182 and sign an online petition at
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/macarthistory

Breaking News!

Ok sorry usually I don’t like to make too many posts in a day but this is crazy! Mac Art History is endanger again? Ok and also the fact that the site says the program is suspended just when high schoolers are looking where to go? Hmmm should I put all my money into a program that may not exsist in a years time? I guess the university figured the student pressure is off after exams! How sad, I think the province should just call McMaster a college for engineering, medicine and maybe business because that’s all it wants to be!

Also here’s the Facebook Page

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=296511872368

Mac Art History Saved. And Busker Protest next Friday night

Ok so spring is looking good already, McMaster Art History has been saved from the chopping block but was saved at the last minute.

“The possibility of closure had raised broader concerns about the university’s commitment to the liberal arts, and specific concerns about the program, since an art history degree is considered a prerequisite for a career in art curation.”

“When stuff reaches the senate, it’s usually a done deal. We’d been told to prepare ourselves for the worst — to go in and plead our case and then it would be closed.”

Glad its safe hopefully things are looking a little more positive……

Also next Friday is a “Busker Crawl” I guess the word protest has too many compilcations now a days……. well at least there will be some awesome outdoors music that night on James st……

Save McMaster Art History!!!!!!!!!

Art courses have benefited Mac – and should live on TheSpec.com – Opinions – Art courses have

benefited Mac – and should live on

–> Hugh G. Galloway
The Hamilton Spectator

(Mar 19, 2010)As a former chair of McMaster University’s Department of Art and Art History, I am dismayed by the news the faculty of humanities is proposing to discontinue the option of obtaining the degree of Honours Art History at McMaster.

The art history degree program at McMaster is the oldest in Canada and, despite the vicissitudes of fashion and economic priorities, has maintained a distinguished reputation for the quality of its graduates, many of whom have advanced to prestigious-postgraduate degrees, and distinguished careers in the academic and arts administration fields.

Because of the excellence of its instructors in the past, and the stimulating quality of courses which he attended, Dr. Herman Levy wished to give to the then-department a bequest which would enrich the art history and art students’ experience by allowing them the privilege of having artworks of outstandingly high quality from which to learn.

His bequest of $16 million, an extraordinarily generous gesture of confidence toward the historical and practical study of art at McMaster, incidentally raised the stature of the McMaster Museum of Art, making it recognizably one of the finest university art collections in Canada.

That reputation, also, has encouraged other benefactors to donate private collections to the museum.

The university has benefitted hugely from this generosity, which would not have occurred had it not been for the excellence, and commitment, of the art history faculty in the past.

The artistic reputation of McMaster University has grown in proportion to the financial support given to the art history and art programs which generated that reputation.

Levy’s bequest was given on the assumption that his generosity would advance the study of art into the future. As respect to his memory and wishes, and the wishes of others in the future, it is imperative that the Honours Art History Degree Program at McMaster continue, and be given enhanced support.

The university does not seem to appreciate the extraordinary benefit, relative to its modest cost, which art and art history have brought to McMaster, and the wider Hamilton community.

Professor Hugh G. Galloway now lives in Fife, Scotland.