Diversity, immigration and the arts

Volume: 6 Issue: 2

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This month: a focus on research into diversity, immigration and the arts, including a major British report on cultural diversity and the arts, a Canadian survey of arts participation and attitudes towards the arts of diverse groups, a Canadian study of immigrants' literacy skills, and a report on the social and civic participation of immigrants to Canada.
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  • This British report, with contributions from 40 different people, highlights the case for greater diversity, the complexities of diversity, the current diversity of the U.K.'s cultural organizations, examples of how other sectors engage with diversity, and tips on how to achieve diversity.
  • This 2006 survey examines the arts attendance, involvement in the arts, and attitudes towards the arts of six target population groups in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. The six target groups are Chinese, South Asian, West Asian/Arab, Black, Hispanic and Italian.

  • This report, based on findings from the 2001 Census and the 2003 International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey, highlights how Canada is becoming increasingly diverse, with significant immigration from non-European countries. Most recent immigrants are of working age and contribute significantly to labour force growth in Canada.
  • The report finds that immigrants “tend to be very involved in social and civic life, and to make significant contributions to Canada. They give generously of their time and money to the voluntary sector. They are interested and active citizens, engaged in current affairs and in helping others in their community…. Established immigrants tend to have much higher participation rates on all measures.”