Arts Research Monitor articles, category = Human resources

The 11 local reports in the Vital Signs series provide some interesting information about the arts in the selected communities. However, because some of the indicators do not follow standard definitions from Statistics Canada or other cultural sector reports, the reports are less useful than they might otherwise be.
This report compares cultural employment in Canada and the United States using 21 occupation groups from the Canadian and American censuses. The report finds that, in both Canada and the U.S., "culture employment grew at a much greater rate than the workforce as a whole over the period 1981 to 2001". The report also finds that the growth in culture employment between 1981 and 2001 was stronger in Canada than in the U.S., resulting in Canada having a larger share of its overall workforce in cultural occupations than the U.S. in 2001.

This report examines cultural employment in many rural and urban communities using 48 occupational groups from the 2001 Census. The detailed tables in the report's appendixes may be of particular interest to many readers. The appendixes provide cultural employment levels in a number of communities as well as rankings of "location quotients" and "diversity indexes".
This report summarizes almost three years of research into the human resource situation of Canadian libraries, including a literature review, telephone interviews, focus group sessions, a mail-in survey of 461 library administrators and managers, and an internet survey of over 2,200 librarians and 2,000 paraprofessionals.

This report examines flexible management models for artists, collectives and small arts organizations, based on a literature review, funding program information as well as discussions with arts agency staff, arts foundation staff, artists, arts organizations, agents and producers.

Although awkwardly translated from the original French, this report contains important information about the management practices and the overall state of Aboriginal and culturally-diverse arts organizations in Canada.

Based primarily on a literature review, interviews with the Canada Council's subcommittee on legacy, transition and succession, and interviews with other Council staff, this report highlights the situation of arts organizations regarding legacy, transition and succession.
Constats du CALQ Numéro 11
This French-language report profiles the situation of 329 arts organizations receiving support from Quebec's provincial arts funder, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Two main human resource challenges are highlighted: high levels of temporary employment and low levels of remuneration.

This report, based on a survey of graduates of cultural management and arts administration programs in Canada, outlines the situation of young cultural managers in Canada.


These reports provide a summary of background research and discussions at a March 2005 workshop to develop a skills strategy for paid workers in Canada’s voluntary/non-profit sector.