To help artists, arts organizations, board members and other cultural supporters make the case for the arts and culture, the Canada Council has prepared an advocacy resource kit, available online in html, pdf or MS-Word format.
These web resources compiled by the Canadian Conference of the Arts provide information and statistics to help artists and cultural workers demonstrate the value of the arts and culture in Canada.
Prepared for the Ontario Trillium Foundation by Hill Strategies Research Inc.
The two fact sheets in this series highlight the economic impacts of 97 of Ontario's festivals and events, including non-profit organizations involved in culture, sports, recreation and community-based initiatives.
Engage Now! An Arts Worker’s Guide to Deepening Experience and Strengthening Participation in the Arts (17 Oct 2005 | Vol. 2 | No. 9)
Prepared for the Arts Experience Initiative in Pitttsburgh by Gerald Yoshitomi
This report aims to provide a guide to increasing arts participation, with a particular eye to the meaning and values involved in arts participation. Participants' perceptions, benefits, barriers and experiences are the key factors in the report's behavioural framework of arts participation.
Acts of Achievement: The Role of Performing Arts Centers in Education (17 Oct 2005 | Vol. 2 | No. 6)
This discussion paper, prepared for a June conference in London (U.K.), argues that more attention must be paid to "the fundamental contribution that cultural institutions can make to our quality of life at the deepest level", rather than instrumental arguments based on the economic, social, psychological, personal and civic impacts of the arts.
The Artistic Dividend: The Arts’ Hidden Contributions to Regional Development (17 Oct 2005 | Vol. 2 | No. 5)
Exploratory research articulates how artists' contributions to regional economies constitute an "artistic dividend" – increased economic vitality thanks to artistic activity in a region – a return on current artistic activity and a "product of long-term commitments by philanthropists, patrons and the public sector to regional arts organizations, arts education and individual artists".
This editorial in the British Medical Journal provides a valuable argument from outside the arts community to support the claim that the arts improve health. The editorial suggests that a diversion of 0.5% of the UK's health budget to the arts would probably increase the health of UK citizens.
Competing on Creativity: Placing Ontario’s Cities in a North American Context (16 Oct 2005 | Vol. 1 | No. 6)
In this report, Richard Florida and collaborators apply the analysis from his popular 2002 book The Rise of the Creative Class to Canada, with particular emphasis on Ontario.
Austin’s Economic Future: The Intersection of Innovation, Creativity and Quality of Life (16 Oct 2005 | Vol. 1 | No. 4)
Any report that recommends to keep a community "weird" is at least worth a glance. This report on economic development in Austin, Texas – the self-proclaimed "Live Music Capital of the World" –embraces culture as an economic engine.