Tuesday, June 22, 2004

FACT Sheet: The ARTS in Canada

The contribution of the arts to healthy communities and citizens:

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Economic research indicates that skilled, mobile workers choose to live in dynamic, vibrant communities - with active downtown cores. These communities have competed most effectively in the past, and they are expected to continue doing so - which makes quality of life issues increasingly important in the global economy.

(http://www.creativeclass.org/author.shtml)
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“Canada’s cultural integrity will be a key issue confronting the nation in the coming decade. Faced with the threat of international cultural uniformity, we must affirm the diversity of our cultural expression, the uniqueness of the threads that make up our pluralistic nation.  A strong, healthy cultural community, one that embraces all the possibilities the new knowledge economy can offer, is vital to the continued evolution of the Canadian identity.” Max Wyman, The Defiant Imagination.
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Arts and culture can help put a community “on the map” domestically and internationally - Chemainus, British Columbia, for example, which has turned its economy around by creating historic murals and statues to attract tourists.  Now known as “The Little Town That Did,” Chemainus’ revitalization efforts are being heralded by many international arts councils, including the California Arts Council. The same can be said for many other communities across Canada.

(http://www.cac.ca.gov/impact/resources.cfm)
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Municipal governments recognize the vital importance of arts and culture, and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has developed the following official policy statement on community economic development:


“The promotion, development and preservation of arts, cultural and heritage sites greatly contribute to the quality of life of communities. The quality of life of a community directly affects the ability of a municipality to attract skilled / talented labour.  Arts, cultural and heritage sites also play a role in attracting tourist and tourist dollars into a community.  FCM values the importance of arts, culture and heritage and advocates for tax incentives and funding mechanisms to preserve built heritage and promote arts and culture.”

(http://www.fcm.ca/english/)
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“The ability of residents to participate in cultural activities enhances the livability of cities.  Cities must be showcases of culture - regional, national and international.  Preserving, promoting and celebrating culture is vital to the competitiveness of cities. . Culture is an often neglected part of the urban dialogue.  In other cities in other countries, cultural competitiveness has been elevated to now be a vital component for any city wishing to be regarded as a sophisticated worldly and ‘adult’ city.” Elyse Allan, President & CEO,
The Toronto Board of Trade, Toronto Arts Council Budget Request, December 2002
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“The arts . have a way of opening the mind.  They stimulate the synapses, and make one more receptive to creativity. . As a scientist, I want my imagination rekindled.  I want to be shown how to look at things in new ways.  And I believe my capacity for innovation and creativity in my own discipline will grow as a result.  That’s one good reason for promoting arts education.  At a time when Canada is racing to keep at the forefront of knowledge and innovation, I would say that this reason alone should make every policy maker a champion of the arts.”  Dr. Arthur Carty, President, The National Research Council of Canada Arts Education Symposium, 2000
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What kind of Canada do you want?

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96% of Canadians believe that the arts are an essential part of children’s education.  (StatsCan)
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91% of Canadians believe that the arts define Canada’s national identity. (Ipsos-Reid)
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93% of Canadians believe that arts activities contribute to the vitality of their communities. (Ipsos-Reid).
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Two thirds of Canadians believe that government and the private sector - together - should support activities that strengthen community. (Imagine/StatsCan)
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Funding and the Economic Impact of the Arts:

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The total projected federal program spending budget for 2003/2004 is $142.05 billion. (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)
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The Department of Canadian Heritage is projected to receive $2.86 billion in 2003/2004, and of this, the performing arts received less than 1%. (www.ccarts.ca/eng/home_e.htm )
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Nearly 75% of total government expenditures on culture in 2001-02 were on libraries, broadcasting (primarily the CBC) and heritage resources. The performing arts received roughly 5% of total funding. (www.canadacouncil.ca)
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The not for profit arts have experienced declines in per capita federal and provincial funding over the past decade. Statistics Canada.The Daily: Government Expenditures on Culture, May 27, 2001.
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Although support from the private sector has increased over the same period, the arts received only 5% of the total number of donations made to charities in Canada in 2000. (www.givingandvolunteering.ca )
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The renewal of The Tomorrow Starts Today program, which provided $500 million in additional federal funding to the arts over three years included $75 million to The Canada Council for the Arts for the same period, is uncertain.
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The Theatre Section of The Canada Council for the Arts, received 20% of the total $113.7 million in grants given out by The Council in 2000/2001. (www.canadacouncil.ca )
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Arts and cultural activities contribute $26 billion to Canada’s gross domestic product, and they employ roughly 740,000 people.
(http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/87F0001XIE/free.htm)
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Resources:
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Canadian Conference of the Arts:
http://www.ccarts.ca/eng/04res/04_02rpt.htm
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Canada Council for the Arts:
http://www.canadacouncil.ca/aboutus/advocacy/
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The Creative Class, by Richard Florida:
http://www.creativeclass.org/book.shtml
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The Defiant Imagination, by Max Wyman:
http://www.straight.com/content.cfm?id=1509
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Federation of Canadian Municipalities:
http://www.fcm.ca/english/
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