Artists’ Centers: Evolution and Impact on Career, Neighborhoods and Economies (21 Aug 2006 | Vol. 5 | No. 2)
This American report examines various aspects of artists' centres, including their formation, funding and transformation, their impacts on artists, communities, neighbourhoods and economies, and their organizational challenges. The authors "found rich and compelling evidence that artists' centers further the quality of artists' work and enable more of them to make a living at it".
From Bronze to Gold: A Blueprint for Canadian Leadership in a Transforming World (21 Aug 2006 | Vol. 5 | No. 2)
From Bronze to Gold outlines "10 solid steps toward a creative economy" and "five creative leaps to consider" in order to boost Canadian productivity and position Canada to compete more effectively in a global economy. From a cultural standpoint, this Canadian Council of Chief Executives report provides much encouragement but also some difficulties.
The concept of creativity, as applied to people, classes, neighbourhoods and cities, has been thrust into the limelight by the success of Richard Florida's book The Rise of the Creative Class. In this analysis, people want to live 'where things happen', creative class workers flock to creative locales, and jobs follow people, not the other way around.
This study finds that "people who do not have access to computers … have significantly lower literacy skills than computer users". In addition, "people who used computers, and had higher literacy rates, were far more likely to have higher incomes".
Prepared on behalf of Statistics Canada, this report by two University of Ottawa economists makes a statistical link between literacy and per capita income levels in Canadian provinces.
Building on our Competencies: Canadian Results of the International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (20 Apr 2006 | Vol. 5 | No. 1)
This report highlights the "clear association between literacy and earnings", based on a 2003 survey of the literacy skills of 23,000 Canadian adults. Overall, "Canadians with lower levels of literacy have lower rates of employment and lower earnings".
Impact database: Social and economic impact of culture and major events (17 Feb 2006 | Vol. 4 | No. 9)
The Scottish "Impact" database provides bibliographical information about research into the social and economic impacts of arts, culture and events.
Similar to the Canadian Making the Case for Culture site, this California site provides information and resources related to: 1) the arts as an economic engine; 2) the arts as a catalyst for better education; 3) the arts as a foundation for health and human services; 4) the arts in civic and community participation; and 5) how "creativity sparks imagination".
This site contains brief summaries of how the arts contribute to six aspects of Canadian life: the economy; urban renewal; community identity and pride; positive change in communities; quality of life and quality of place; and youth development.
Travel Arts Partnership Newsletter -This free newsletter, published in New York, highlights case studies and statistics on cultural tourism.