Arts Research Monitor articles, category = Arts advocacy

These reports from the Canadian Conference of the Arts' Chalmers Conferences provide arts advocacy information and techniques. The 2005 report provides practical tips for communicating with MPs, insights into parliamentary committees and tips on getting a message heard.
Some of the many themes of the report include: the clear impact of childhood arts experiences on adult participation and overall quality of life; the interrelatedness of the arts ecosystem; the ways in which people access one artform through another; the fact that people derive significant value from personal curating; and how "personal connections with artists can bridge a relevance gap and ignite latent arts interests and inspire participation".
This ArtsJournal Forum, funded by the Wallace Foundation, brings together 11 artists, arts administrators, advocates, researchers and critics to discuss the main contention of a recent RAND report: that a better case can be made for the arts by focussing on intrinsic effects.

This report, through a literature review of the benefits of the arts, attempts "to engage the arts community and the public in a new dialogue about the value of the arts, to stimulate further research, and to help public and private policymakers reach informed decisions".

This report from the Muttart Foundation is based on the results of a telephone survey that asked 3,863 adult Canadians about their opinions concerning charities.
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.
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.

This summary of discussions at the National Arts Centre in September 2002 provides insight into performing arts donors' inspirations, needs and desires. The participants, some of whom are major donors to the performing arts, discussed how to promote the value of the arts, the need to invest in professional fundraising programs, and how to improve the environment for charitable donations to the arts in Canada.

This article in the Statistics Canada publication Focus on Culture paints quite a bleak picture of the state of non-profit performing arts organizations in Canada in the 1990s...