Cultural facilities / infrastructure

Volume: 10 Issue: 8

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In this issue: Summaries of four reports on the situation of cultural facilities and infrastructure, including a survey of arts facility needs in Ontario, an American study of "creative placemaking", a survey of technology adoption in North American arts organizations, as well as a Quebec report aimed at developing standards for municipal provision of cultural facilities.
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  • 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.

  • 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 of 466 North American arts organizations from a range of disciplines, including over 100 Canadian respondents, examines how the organizations use, implement and plan for technology. Overall, responding organizations indicated that they are one step behind with regards to technology.

  • (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.