Arts Research Monitor articles, category = Facilities

(Les infrastructures culturelles dans la municipalité : Nomenclature, recensement et état des lieux)

This report is intended as a first step in identifying norms and standards for municipal provision of cultural facilities. The report argues that cultural infrastructure "plays an important role in the quality of life of citizens", local economic health, cultural vitality, and tourism. However, the authors note that no norms currently exist for municipal provision of cultural infrastructure, such as the number and types of facilities on a per resident, per square kilometre or other basis.

Based on a literature review and several case studies, this report examines culture-led placemaking and "its contributions to livability, economic revitalization, creative entrepreneurship, and cultural industries". The study indicates that creative placemaking efforts are "using arts and culture to animate downtowns and neighborhoods, to stoke their creative industries, to stabilize population and jobs, and to attract new residents and businesses" to small and large communities.

This survey, conducted in the fall of 2009, covers topics such as arts organizations' access to facilities, facility ownership structure, age, condition, need for upgrades, planned capital expenditures, and knowledge of capital financing options. Regarding current access to facilities, 72% of organizations reported insufficient access to some type of space.

Toronto Artscape

This presentation provides lists of the "base elements of infrastructure" that may enhance creative neighbourhoods. The live/work and creation/production spaces highlighted in the report include artist live-work spaces, artist coops or lodges, artist studios, retail spaces, media or recording studios, soundstages, production workshops and rehearsal spaces.

Impacts and Insights from Three Case Studies drawn from Artspace Projects’ Earliest Developments

This report examines the social, economic and physical impacts of two artists' cooperatives and a centre for visual arts in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. The report finds that "these artist spaces have produced clear benefits for in-house arts tenants and the surrounding neighborhood and region". More specifically, the study "found evidence that these artist spaces support, attract, and help retain artist entrepreneurs who enhance the regions' economic competitiveness". Specific economic and social benefits include drawing visitors to the area (who engage in ancillary spending), increasing civic involvement and safety, as well as "providing new spaces open to the public".

Appendix E to Under Construction. Prepared by M. Sharon Jeannotte

This report, one of eight appendices to Under Construction: The State of Cultural Infrastructure in Canada, examines a range of existing sources for information about the social and economic returns of investments in cultural facilities.

Appendix A to Under Construction. Prepared by Marla Waltman Daschko

This report, one of eight appendices to Under Construction: The State of Cultural Infrastructure in Canada, mines a number of data sources for information about cultural facilities in Canada.

This report notes that there is growing concern about the state of infrastructure in Canada, including cultural facilities. "Cultural, social, community and recreational facilities are aging and have deteriorated considerably."

The Centre of Expertise on Culture and Communities conducted an extensive research project into cultural infrastructure in Canada, including various publications and other resources related to cultural infrastructure.

Canadian Economic Observer
This report examines spending on government-owned infrastructure, including cultural infrastructure. Although the report only briefly touches on cultural infrastructure, this issue of the Arts Research Monitor examines the study's detailed tables in more depth