Media arts, Aboriginal dance, American dance, and the value of culture

Volume: 2 Issue: 5

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Vol. 2 No. 5 profiles reports on the state of Canada's media arts sector, Canada's Aboriginal dance groups and artists, and American dance companies. Two other reports examine the value of culture in our communities.
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  • This report, prepared by Hill Strategies, uses 71 interviews with media artists, arts organizations and funders to examine the realities, functioning and importance of Canada's media arts sector. The sector was found to be "rapidly changing, difficult to define, very active and struggling to find money for its activities". Interviewees indicated that the production and exhibition of works by Aboriginal and culturally diverse artists are key to the development of the media arts.
  • This report is based on surveys of 50 Aboriginal dance groups and 26 Aboriginal dance artists in Canada.
  • Based on three sources – NEA applications, a Unified Database of Arts Organizations and the economic census – this report paints a statistical portrait of the changing situation of American dance companies (not independent dancers) between 1987 and 1997.
  • Exploratory research articulates how artists' contributions to regional economies constitute an "artistic dividend" – increased economic vitality thanks to artistic activity in a region – a return on current artistic activity and a "product of long-term commitments by philanthropists, patrons and the public sector to regional arts organizations, arts education and individual artists".
  • This discussion paper, prepared for a June conference in London (U.K.), argues that more attention must be paid to "the fundamental contribution that cultural institutions can make to our quality of life at the deepest level", rather than instrumental arguments based on the economic, social, psychological, personal and civic impacts of the arts.