Canadian tax dollars at work!
Back in 1984 (source: Montreal Gazette - Oct 17, 1984
), the Canada Council gave the following grants to fund Canadian artists who had "innovative" projects:
Jim Freedman got $4,885 to write a book on "professional wrestling as it relates to small towns, offering reasons for its decline in popularity."
Richard Lyle Hills received $3,125 to write "a collection of short stories examining the lives and values of those who work at construction jobs."
Joanne Claire was granted $8,200 to write "a book which questions the beliefs and assumptions upon which our lives are based."
Daniel Boudereau and Helene Cosette got $14,700 to develop "a performance integrating movement and color by acrobats inside a multi-chambered cubic structure."
Thirty years later, what became of these projects? The only one I could track down was Jim Freedman's wrestling book, which was published by Crowbar Press
in 1988 as Drawing Heat
). And it actually sounds like an interesting book.
But all the other projects — nada. Did they actually produce anything with the money given to them?