Barnet's best venue, Artsdepot has vowed to stay open despite withdrawal of funding from the Borough.
Enthusiastic local support and protest could not sway the council which has cut Artsdepot's £194,000 annual funding. The Arts Council will continue funding the venue to the tune of £300,000 a year until 2012 which buys some time for them to come up with a new business plan and rally supporters and users of the centre to put their money where their mouth is. Their message is simple: "support artsdepot, and we will remain a vital part of North London life". And that means visit, use the cafe, take the kids to the play area, buy tickets, become a member, make a donation, spread the word.
Church Farmhouse Museum also lost funding from Barnet Council and is sadly preparing to close. Barnet Museum, on the other hand, which only relied on £23,000 a year from the council, is also making defiant plans to go it alone and needs your support.
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