Arts Research Monitor articles, category = Arts advocacy

Based on a telephone survey of 1,000 adult Ontarians, this report highlights public perceptions regarding the value and benefits of the arts. Comparisons are provided with a similar survey conducted in 1994.

While this report provides information about arts attendance, the most useful statistics might be those concerning personal involvement in the arts and perceptions of the importance of the arts. In fact, the survey findings reveal a strong consensus among Canadians concerning the importance of the arts, culture and heritage.

A Description of Quality Music Programs, Kindergarten to Graduation

This report provides lists of the elements that are essential for a comprehensive, multifaceted and sequential music education program in schools. Among these elements:

· "Every student shall study music in each grade in elementary school."

· In secondary school, students should have the opportunity to choose from a variety of music programs that are available to them in every academic year.

· Students should have the opportunity to participate in a range of musical performances, both in the school and in the community.

· Students should have creative musical experiences and understand the joy of participation.

Before closing the Summit, a statement was prepared to further a collective agenda for the visual arts.... Art is the face of Canada...
Participants perceived a disconnect between the burgeoning visual arts activity and the lack of awareness and limited funding from the municipal, provincial and federal levels. "Art is a societal project but not a government priority."
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.
The Canada Council's advocacy resource kit contains sections on key advocacy messages, advocacy tips and strategies, the achievements of artists and cultural organizations in a range of sectors, community and economic impacts of the arts, the contributions of Aboriginal and culturally diverse artists, and more. Within each of these areas, the kit contains a variety of statistics, resources and arguments to help arts advocates.
The Canadian Conference of the Arts' advocacy primer contains steps to develop advocacy activities, strategies for effective advocacy, tips on how to communicate with candidates, ways to get the message out, tips on how to "make the pitch", and more.