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Arts, Culture, and Rob Ford

Check out Heather Mclean’s analysis of the role of the arts and culture in the Toronto mayoral race in the most recent post on the Socialist Project’s The Bullet. Read it here: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/420.php

Join AGO Workers in Calling For Good, Full-Time Jobs

After spending $276 million dollars on a Frank Gehry-designed expansion in 2009, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) laid off 29 workers.  This year the jobs of 39 additional workers are threatened.  Meanwhile increasing numbers of AGO employees are hired on a part-time or casual basis.  According to the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), the union that represents AGO employees, in 2005 the gallery had 136 full-time and 159 part-time staff. Today there are 177 full-time staff and the number of part-time staff has grown to 266. Toronto’s biggest booster of the virtues of creative employment (which often ends up being casual or part-time), Richard Florida, is appointed by the Province of Ontario to serve on the Board of the AGO.

AGO workers will be in a legal strike position on May 21, 2010.  Join these workers at a rally in front of the AGO on May 19 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Find more information here: http://www.opseu.org/news/press2010/may-18-2010.htm

Hamilton Joins the Fight Against the Creative City!

Check out the great new flyer from Hamiltonians Against Neighborhood Displacement (HAND) about how creative city policies are causing displacement in Hamilton, Ontario.  If you are interested in contacting them please let us know.

Interns unite

Carrotworkers’ Collective is a London-based group working to understand and challenge the insidious culture of unpaid work – including ‘voluntary’ internships – that has swept over the creative and cultural sectors. Their resistance is long overdue.

Activists in Hamburg Resist Creative Class Policies

Activists in Hamburg, Germany are successfully resisting the redevelopment of their city.  Read their manifesto against creative class policies at Not In Our Name, Marke Hamburg’s blog.  The manifesto is translated into English here.

Read more at Der Spiegel or listen to a podcast of CBC’s Q.

Announcing Creative Class Struggle’s response to this year’s ‘Creative Places + Spaces’ conference

Creative People? Collaborative Spaces? Innovative Places?

According to the event’s website – politicians, private consultants, architects, community development advocates, culture workers, and public space activists are meeting to plan the future of urban policy.

According to the conference’s website, these are exciting, new boundary blurring partnerships because…

“The new imperative to collaborate is rooted in the need to solve persistent multi-dimensional problems and a growing appreciation of how collaboration fuels innovation. It is blurring boundaries between audience and creator, hgdksl anoi ksdjhf….”

Aaack! We’re lost!

Let’s step back and ask:

Whose success are these stakeholders discussing?

Is everyone invited to the table to collaborate?

As people ‘break down’ barriers to create ‘new platforms’ for dialogue about cities in these workshops – what kind of cities are they envisioning?

Isn’t education underfunded? Aren’t governments slashing library budgets? Are these the education transformations they mean?

Isn’t work becoming increasingly precarious or unavailable? Isn’t housing increasingly unaffordable for most people? Aren’t social services for the poor increasingly underfunded and overburdened? Is this the “collaboration for collective interest” that conference planners envision?

What is the city for? Who gets to live here? Who decides?

Creative Class Struggle urges you to question the Creative Cities phenomenon routinely celebrated at Creative Places and Spaces and in cities across the world.

Thanks for visiting. Come back soon!

Posters

Creativity or Crisis?

Download and read Creative Class Struggle’s “Creativity or Crisis: Mapping the Rust Belt” appearing in the September 2009 issue of FUSE Magazine.

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Creativity or Crisis pg 2

Welcome to the Creative City

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Heck of a Job Richard

Not content to live solely off public tax dollars, Richard Florida has extended the consulting expertise of the Creative Class® Group to numerous private sector clients. While the complete list of clients is not available to the public (who pay Richard’s base salary at the University of Toronto of $346,041.48 CAD) we can determine a few clients from his website.

From this list it is apparent that the corporate subsidies allocated to the Creative Class® Group pale in comparison to its illustrious clients. For now, let’s take a gander at the financial sector.

Based on data from the website Pro Publica, the U.S. federal government has committed bailout funds to the following clients of Richard Florida:
$50 billion to Citigroup (3rd largest commitment)
$10 billion to Goldman Sachs (9th largest commitment)
$4.9 billion to Sun Trust (14th largest commitment)

Evidently the Creative Class® Group was teaching these banks one of its fundamental yet unmentioned principles: corporations succeed when they receive vast quantities of unaccountable funds from the state. Richard gets richer too.

Join Creative Class Struggle

On Richard Florida’s website you can join the Creative Class for a non-refundable payment of $100 USD. As a member of the Creative Class you receive Richard’s latest book on audio CD (the creative class is too busy to read) and a highlight audio CD and DVD from the Creative Class World Tour. Interested? Read more here.

Or you can join Creative Class Struggle for free! Send us an email at creativeclassstruggle@gmail.com.

We can’t offer you a limited edition DVD, but we can offer the opportunity to fight back against academic profiteering.

Tour Richard and Rana Florida’s Home

Thanks to Canadian House and Home for bringing us this insightful video tour of Richard and Rana Florida’s Rosedale home. Click here to view.

Want to read more? Check out the recent article from the Globe and Mail. “I have to say it being on a cul-de-sac overlooking a ravine was very attractive to me,” Mr. Florida says. “I thought how safe, how quiet, how perfect.” Read more about the Floridas’ perfect home here.