Public Funding Cuts Jeopardise HONG KONG’S Nonprofits

On 26/08/2013 by Site Default

Last month, two of Hong Kong’s nonprofit organizations were given notice that they would no longer be receiving government funding from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC), the statutory body supporting arts development in the city. For Para/Site, a 17-year-old art space in Sheung Wan, and Woofer Ten, which operates out of Shanghai Street Artspace in Yau Ma Tei—both of whom have enjoyed a productive year—this announcement came as a surprise, indicating both questionable motives and lack of foresight on government’s behalf.

The funding cut came as the second blow to Para/Site, which was informed in June that its grant application to the Home Affairs Bureau, the government branch overseeing Hong Kong’s cultural and recreational matters, had been rejected as well.

In an open statement published yesterday, Cosmin Costinas, Para/Site’s executive director and curator, pointed out inconsistencies in the government’s actions: “The message that the government committees behind these decisions is sending to the Hong Kong arts community runs counter to the government’s stated public objectives.”


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