Catherine Hernandez, actor, dancer, and playwrite.

Catherine Hernandez, actor, dancer, and playwrite.

If you’ve noticed all the blank profile pics today on Facebook, it’s all because of the Conservative government.  In this blog post I’ll show you some of the faces of the faceless.

Over 8000 people have joined the “Faceless” group on Facebook to protest the cuts in arts and culture funding by the Stephen Harper government.  Here’s the write up on the event page:

Anita Majumdar, actor, dancer & playwrite.

This is a roll call to all people who believe that Arts and Culture is a part of their lives and is important outside of the political spectrum. This is for artists, families, parents, friends, co-workers, relatives, enemies, neighbors, acquaintances, to all people who enjoy the arts and culture of this country and feel that it must be nurtured and cultivated. We need to send out a message to our politicians to let them know that there are more of us than they think and congruently that we are not going to vote for any person or party that plans to cut funding to arts and culture during this election. This is for all of us; people from all sides of the political landscape. This is not about what party you belong to, but how you feel about arts and culture in this country.

So on Monday September 15th we want you to do one thing. It’s very simple. It will only take a small amount of your time. About the same amount of time it will take to cast your vote for the candidate you feel best represents what you want.

This is it: We would like you to leave your profile picture blank for the day. Use your faceless profile picture as a symbol of the loss of identity Canadians will experience if funding to the arts is cut.

Be a catalyst for change and put your best face forward on election day, but on Monday September 15th leave it blank and send a message so that we can count how many people have joined the fight.

In association with Native Earth Performing Arts.

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There is also a petition you can sign to protest the funding cuts ($49 million): http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/Canadian-Arts-Funding

Isa Palanca, writer.

Isa Palanca, writer.

Reese Baguio, playwrite.

Reese Baguio, playwrite.

Leon Aureus, actor.

Leon Aureus, actor.

Marie Beath, playwrite.  And Karen Acheta, actor and playwrite.

Marie Beath, playwrite. And Karen Acheta, actor and playwrite.

Emma Beltran, writer.

Emma Beltran, writer.

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