Arts Research Monitor articles, category = Economic impacts of the arts

Measuring and Understanding Canada’s Creative Economy

This detailed report from the Conference Board of Canada examines the cultural sector's contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employment. The key message of the report is that the arts and culture are "cornerstones of the creative, knowledge-based economy". The Conference Board estimates the economic impact of the cultural sector to be $85 billion in 2007, or 7.4% of Canada's GDP. The impact of the cultural sector on employment equals 1.1 million jobs, or 7.1% of total employment in Canada.

This discussion paper, prepared in advance of the November 2007 conference on culture and public diplomacy, provides greater detail than the conference summary document about the nature of public diplomacy, its history, its practice in Europe and America, as well as its practice and history in Canada.

This report provides an overview of discussions at a November 2007 conference on culture and public diplomacy. The report states that the "arts and culture play a central role in the diplomatic strategies of numerous countries, which see the presentation of their culture abroad as a chance to tell the world who they are and to create a positive image useful in pursuing their goals".

Statistics Canada provides raw data annually on trade in culture goods and services. The most recent culture services trade tables, providing data from 2005, have been analyzed by Hill Strategies Research for this issue of the Arts Research Monitor.

Statistics Canada provides raw data annually on trade in culture goods and services. The most recent culture goods trade tables, providing data from 2006, were released in June 2007. Hill Strategies Research has analyzed this raw data for this issue of the Arts Research Monitor.

Presentation by Alan S. Brown, WolfBrown
In a presentation about Communicating Value, Alan S. Brown outlines the "benefits emanating from the arts experience", including individual, interpersonal and community impacts. Alan S. Brown's second resource available on the conference website is a presentation about Peer-to-Peer Marketing, including key concepts, implementation approaches and marketing practices.
Kitchener-Waterloo
This presentation by Kelly Hill, hosted by the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, examines how creating a vibrant cultural centre could assist in the Kitchener-Waterloo area’s goal of “moving from good to great”. There are three main components of the presentation: 1) the potential impacts of creating a vibrant cultural centre; 2) an examination of some key statistics on the artistic component of Kitchener-Waterloo; and 3) suggestions on what could be done in Kitchener-Waterloo to help create and maintain a vibrant cultural centre.
The federal External Advisory Committee on Cities and Communities, led by former B.C. Premier Mike Harcourt, outlines four key dimensions in creating sustainable communities: economic, environmental, social and cultural.
Based on a literature review, a survey of 28 library authorities and case studies, this British report argues that public libraries are important factors in the "community-driven knowledge economy" as well as local economic and social vitality.
Statistics Canada’s Satellite Account of Nonprofit Institutions and Volunteering shows that, in 2001, the nonprofit sector represented 6.8% of Canada’s gross domestic product. This is “larger than the mining, oil and gas extraction industry, and the entire retail trade industry”.