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. This resource kit, which integrates a range of statistics on the arts and culture, guides advocates through the process of voicing their support for the arts and culture. The kit argues that "government investments in arts and culture have helped foster artistic activity throughout Canada, and they have helped make our cities and towns more attractive places to live and visit. Without the arts - and without these sustained investments - Canada would not have its current international reputation for being a cosmopolitan, dynamic and creative country. Without doubt, the arts are the heart of Canadian communities."
The advocacy kit provides key messages to take to decision-makers, including the importance of the arts in Canadian communities and the returns to government investments in the arts and culture. Within this area, the kit contains a variety of statistics, resources and arguments to help arts advocates.
The kit also provides links to a range of other resources for arts advocacy, with Canadian sources including SaskCulture (http://www.saskculture.sk.ca/Advocacy/Default.htm), the University of Regina (http://www.saskculture.sk.ca/links_library/Strategic%20Advocacy.pdf), the Assembly of BC Arts Councils (http://www.assemblybcartscouncils.ca/programs/advocacy.htm), the Culture Matters Coalition (http://www.culturematters.ca/kit.html), and the Toronto Arts Coalition (http://www.torontoartscoalition.org).
Quebec residents may wish to consult the 2004 edition of the yearly review of cultural statistics provided by the Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Québec, including chapters on audiences, establishments, cultural workers, government spending, training and successful products.