Billionaires for the Olympics
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BILLIONAIRES TO ATTEND CELEBRATION 2010

VANCOUVER -- February 14, 2003 -- The BILLIONAIRES FOR THE OLYMPICS cordially invite you to join them on GRANVILLE ISLAND 12 NOON, FRIDAY FEBRUARY 14TH as they help celebrate the opening of "CELEBRATION 2010", an event that uses ART to SELL the Olympics!

The BILLIONAIRES will be arriving by LIMOUSINE in front of Emily Carr Institute for Art and Design, 1399 JOHNSTON STREET

We will then take part in the Public Dreams Community Parade, which will wind its way from the giant crane next to ECIAD and then on to the water park.

PUT ON YOUR FURS, YOUR SKI SUITS AND BALCLAVAS, OR COME AS YOU ARE!

"Let Them Eat Snow!"

"Billionaires for the Olympics" is a project of the Friends of Frida, a group of artists dedicated to using art for protest and social change. In 2002, Friends of Frida organized a street action and protest that prevented Gordon Campbel from speaking at the VAG's opening of the Kahlo/O'Keefe/Carr show. Friends of Frida operate anonymously; each member takes the name of a dead woman artist they admire.

JOIN THE BILLIONAIRES AT UPCOMING PRO-OLYMPIC EVENTS!

In a time of severe government cutbacks, Friends of Frida are concerned that allocating arts funding through the Olympic bid is part of a dangerous pattern, in which money that should be going to arms-length arts funding is instead allocated via one-time-only special events like Celebration 2010. We worry that such funding operates as a ‘band-aid solution': small amounts of money to arts groups strapped for cash. It also implicates the arts community in an event with potentially negative social impacts, and
discourages solidarity with other concerned citiziens.

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Further info: fridakahlo02@hotmail.com