As part of our goal of providing highly-relevant and insightful research on the arts, Kelly Hill has created and conducted dozens of presentations in both official languages, in various disciplines and in all regions of the country. Many of these presentations are available for download below.
In Canada, culture represents over 700,000 jobs and about $62 billion in direct economic impact. Culture’s value-added impact is much larger than that of agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting ($29B), accommodation and food services ($38B), and utilities ($43B). Highlighting research related to the personal and community impacts of the arts, the presentation argues that arts are a vital part of our lives and communities because humans are innately creative. The data-driven presentation also outlines statistics related to arts attendance by older Canadians, showing that, in many cases, elder Canadians are less likely to attend many types of arts activities. Finally, the presentation maintains that integrating the arts as a regular activity could be a positive step for individuals and elder-care service providers, due to culture’s personal and community benefits, as well as the perceptions of older Canadians regarding the value of culture in their lives and communities.
This presentation examined the current socio-economic and professional situation of New Brunswick artists, including statistics on artists and cultural workers in the province as well as the broader impacts of the creative sector.
While sport and physical activity are widely acknowledged as important for good health, the links between arts and culture to health and wellbeing are less well understood and less frequently acknowledged. Kelly Hill's presentation reviewed research on the public health and well-being implications of recreational arts engagement, focusing on the landmark 2013 study Arts & Individual Wellbeing in Canada. The presentation also included a brief review of other studies on arts engagement and wellbeing, and participants discussed possible reasons for the positive associations between recreational arts engagement and health indicators.
Kelly Hill's presentation in Kitchener provided information about artists and cultural workers in Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge, as well as the broader impacts of the creative sector. The presentation included data indicating that, across Canada, there are 136,000 artists, more than the number of people employed as automotive workers. The 671,100 people in cultural occupations in Canada represents nearly 4%.of the labour force. In addition, the direct impact of the arts, culture, and heritage in Canada (nearly $48 billion) is more than 10 times larger than the direct impact of sports. Attendees discussed what sets the Kitchener / Waterloo / Cambridge area apart and how to best strengthen the creative economy and impact strategic decisions.
Based on findings from the Statistical Insights on the Arts series, Kelly Hill presented information on arts attendance in Alberta, artists and cultural workers in the province, as well as information about the contributions of the arts to economic, social, and community well-being.