Volume: 4 Issue: 10
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In 2003/04, governments spent $7.3 billion on culture in Canada, a 4.1% increase from 2002/03 (not adjusted for inflation). Federal government spending on culture was $3.5 billion (45% of spending by all levels of government), while the provinces and territories spent $2.2 billion (29%) and municipalities $2.0 billion (26%).
This report examines government funding for the arts in a number of countries, particularly at the federal level. Among nine countries with relatively similar arts funding bodies, Canada ranks eighth.
Critical Evidence highlights, in non-technical language, the impacts of arts education with regard to academic achievement and student success. The report indicates that, despite strong research into the importance of arts education in a well-rounded education, "study of the arts is quietly disappearing from our schools".
This report contains a number of recommendations regarding specific messages, themes and audiences for an arts education communications strategy.