Glossary

Defining key terms is the first step in compiling a comparative inventory of municipal activities across Canada. Your comments  are welcome.

ARTS POLICY
"A consolidated statement of vision, purpose, goals, objectives, scope and roles with attendant analysis, recommended actions and implementation strategies for the description and development of arts activity, production, service and related resources."
 

ARTS SERVICE / REPRESENTATIVE ORGANIZATIONS
"Organizations founded and directed by their members, who are creators, interpretors, producers, distributors/disseminators and or conservers in the arts sector, to serve the collective interests of the membership, the constituency and the public. They may be discipline-specific or multi-disciplinary."
 

ARTS
"The arts include the visual arts (painting, print-making, drawing, sculpture, crafts, photography, film and video), theatre, music and song, literary arts and dance. The arts encompass original, creative interpretation and facsimile reproduction and distribution. Cultural industries - publishing, film, sound recording, video and audio-visual broadcasting - are included.
 

COMMUNITY ARTS ORGANIZATIONS
Defining key terms is the first step in compiling a comparative inventory of municipal activities across Canada. Your comments on this definition are invited.
 

COMMUNITY PUBLIC ART
"Art produced by artists collorating with communities, which responds to neighbourhood needs, aspirationor some other community issues".
 

CULTURAL INDUSTRIES
"Those classes of producing enterprises and services involved in film/video (motion picture) production, broadcasting, audio production (sound recording) publishing, and related training, marketing, distribution and service support activities."
 

CULTURE
"The arts, multiculturalism and heritage resources and activities as practised and preserved in a community. These practices reflect the beliefs, experiences and creative aspirations of a people in a specific geographic and/or political area."
 

FESTIVAL
"A special event designed to present and celebrate, through public access, productions or services of an arts discipline(s) often multi-faceted and ocurring during a brief period of time, often annually and usually in a reasonably contained area, indoors and/or outdoors."
 

HERITAGE
"Heritage resources include artifacts and architecture, historic and prehistoric resources, archival, interpretive material and activity. Significant objects and structures are protected by legislation which distinguishes that which is merely old from that which is deemed valuable according to notable public aesthetic, educational and social significance.
 

HISTORIC PARK / SITE
"A public non-profit park, site, monument and/or building for the purpose of preserving, interpreting and making accessible cultural property as deemed significant under the law or official designation."
 

PRODUCTION, PERFORMANCE and EXHIBITION
PRODUCTION refers to a particular play or dance piece, for example.
PERFORMANCES refers to the number of times a piece is performed in public.
An EXHIBITION refers to a particular visual art show.
 

PROFESSIONAL ARTS ORGANIZATIONS
"Non-profit arts organizations in which the artists and performers are paid for their work."

QUALITY OF LIFEis reflected in individuals, families and groups as a result of a community's capacity to: meet basic needs; offer opportunities for the attainment of personal goals, hopes or aspirations; facilitate social interactions, a sense of belonging and inclusion in community life; support the safety and security of its residents; promote a fair and equitable sharing of common resources; sustain diverse economic opportunities and; limit the impact of built environments on natural environments.
 

SPECIAL EVENT
"An activity similar to a festival but that often has a specific purpose, focus and public involvement (for example, an arts celebration for a centenary.)"

Background Photo Credit:
Lab de Dance, Ottawa, ON