Community Building

  • A new framework for building participation in the arts – 606KB

    Arts organizations across the country are actively expanding their efforts to increase public participation in their programs. This report presents the findings of a RAND study sponsored by the Wallace-Reader’s Digest Funds that looks at the process by which individuals become involved in the arts and attempts to identify ways in which arts institutions can most effectively influence this process. The report presents a behavioural model that identifies the main factors influencing individual decisions about the arts, based on site visits to institutions that have been particularly successful in attracting participants to their programs and in-depth interviews with the directors of more than 100 institutions that have received grants from the Wallace-Reader’s Digest Funds and the Knight Foundation to encourage greater involvement in the arts.

  • Art-Goers in Their Communities: Patterns of Civic and Social Engagement – 277KB (2009)

    Recent attempts to study arts participation as a factor in strengthening the lives of communities have focused on quantifying economic or social impacts of artists and arts organizations. For its own part, the National Endowment for the Arts has contributed to such research with a series of reports about artists in the U.S. workforce.1 Since 2006, however, NEA researchers have examined civic benefits associated with arts activity through the lens of the participant.

  • Arts and Social Exclusion – 539KB

    A literature review commissioned by the Arts Council of England to support its two-year social inclusion research programme. The review explores the concept of social exclusion, and evidence of the impact of the arts in contributing to addressing social exclusion.

  • Arts Participation: steps to stronger cultural and community life – 2481KB

    Summary of findings that people who participate in the arts are more likely to engage in other community activities. A brief focusing on How Arts Participation Contributes to Arts & Community; Four Ways to Participate in Arts & Culture; Arts Participation & Levels of Personal Commitment; and, Arts Participation & Community Participation.

  • Arts Participation: Steps to Stronger Cultural and Community Life – 2481KB (2003)

    A brief focusing on How Arts Participation Contributes to Arts & Community; Four Ways to Participate in Arts & Culture; Arts Participation & Levels of Personal Commitment; and, Arts Participation & Community Participation.

  • Communities: the engines of social cohesion – 171KB (2001)

    Summary of current directions and understandings in social cohesion research.

  • Community Arts Workbook … another Vital Link – 2666KB

    What is community arts? How can we view it as an artistic discipline? How has community arts emerged in Canada and in other countries? How does one start a community arts project? What are some of the challenges to working in this creative collaborative process?

  • Creating Community: Celebrations, Arts and Wellbeing Within and Across Local Communities – 1076KB (2006)

    The arts and other forms of creativity can have diffuse and quite profound social outcomes in the contemporary world. They can generate a deeper sense of place that contextualizes a local sense of community.

    In some cases, locally relevant projects are also able to address broader social concerns beyond local belonging or identity, such as the integration of migrants, impacts of gentrification, the restructuring of rural economies, or a fear of constant change and insecurity.

  • Cultural Symbiosis: cultural participation and cohesive communities – 67KB (2000)

    Research in cultural participation rates and effects on civic participation and community development.

  • Cultural Vitality in Communities: Interpretation and Indicators – 4775KB (2006)

    This monograph, part of a series presenting the work of the Urban Institute’s Arts and Culture Indicators Project (ACIP), discusses three major advances in our ongoing work. First, we introduce a definition of cultural vitality that includes the range of cultural assets and activity people around the country register as

    Specifically, we define cultural vitality as evidence of creating, disseminating, validating, and supporting arts and culture as a dimension of everyday life in communities.

    Second, we use this definition as a lens through which to clarify our understanding of the data necessary, as well as the more limited data currently available, to document adequately and
    include arts and culture in more general quality of life indicators. Third, we develop and recommend an initial set of arts and culture indicators derived from nationally available data, and we
    compare selected metropolitan statistical areas based on the measures we have developed.

  • Enderby, BC –- Enderby and District Community Play Project – 110KB (2002)

    Desired outcomes, challenges and lessons learned.
    A project report presented by Cathy Stubington at the Inaugural Creative City Network
    Conference, November 2002.

    This project was a collaboration between Enderby and District Resource Centre Society and the artist /writer Cathy Stubington. The steering committee spearheaded a year and a half’s worth of community arts and fundraising activities to interest residents in participating in a community play. The play, Not the Way I Heard It, was presented ten times in the last two weeks of May 1999 on the banks of Shuswap River in Enderby. Local actors, musicians, visual artists, and seamstresses joined their talents with several theatre professionals from outside the community. The number of different people involved was estimated at 800.

  • Engaging Audiences – 1620KB (2009)

    A report on audience engagement for arts organizations as they face the oncoming issues of new technologies and demographic trends that facilitate new modes of artistic engagement outside of traditional arts institutions.

  • Leveraging Assets: How Small Budget Arts Activities Benefit Neighborhoods – 1783KB (2003)

    This report demonstrates how small budget arts activities play a role in leveraging both local and non-local assets for neighbourhood improvement. Throughout this report we shift the focal point from the “art product” to the activity around it.

  • Making Exact Change: How U.S. arts-based programs have made a significant and sustained impact on their communities – 4456KB (2005)

    The purpose of this policy is to contribute to Prince George as BC’s Northern Arts Capital, to contribute to the excellent quality of life of its citizens and to help develop and enhance social, environmental and economic opportunities by promoting art in public places.

    In the fall of 2004, API approached the Center for the Study of Art & Community (CSA&C) for assistance with the proposed research. This study was undertaken to help the growing but largely disconnected community arts field learn from its most venerable and successful colleagues. Its focus is exemplary arts-based programs that have had a significant and sustained positive impact on their communities. For the purposes of this inquiry “significant and sustained positive impact” is defined as change leading to the long-term advancement of human dignity, health and/or productivity. “Long-term” in this context is defined as a minimum of ten years.

  • Mapping cultural participation in Chicago – 19753KB (2006)

    First study of its kind in a major US metropolitan centre finds that while race and ethnicity do play a role in lower participation rates among African-Americans and Latinos, socio-economic factors are the strongest predictors of participation.

  • Reggae to Rachmaninoff: How and why people participate in arts and culture – 373KB (2002)

    Survey of how and why Americans participate in arts and culture.

  • Singing Alone? The Contribution of Cultural Capital to Social Cohesion and Sustainable Communities – 154KB (2003)

    Social capital has been defined by Robert Putnam in his book Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community as “features of social organizations, such as networks, norms and trust, that facilitate action and co-operation for mutual benefit.” Cultural capital, as defined by Pierre Bourdieu, has most often been associated with personal interest in and experience with prestigious cultural resources. According to this definition of cultural capital, familiarity with traditional high-culture forms is a defining characteristic of individuals occupying high status positions within a society.

    In recent years, cultural policy makers have begun to express a stronger interest in the linkages between these forms of capital. This paper focuses on linkages between personal investments in culture and the propensity to volunteer, using data from the Canadian General Social Survey. It concludes that there are collective benefits from investments in cultural capital and that these benefits make a significant contribution to social cohesion.

  • The Arts and Smart Growth: The Role of Arts in Placemaking – 555KB (2003)

    This paper was jointly commissioned by the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities*, as one in its series of translation papers, and Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA)**, for its 2002 annual conference. Collaborating authors on this paper were William Fulton, president of Solimar Research Group, and Morris Newman, a freelance writer. This is the twelfth in a series of translation papers published by the Funders’ Network to translate the impact of sprawl and urban disinvestment upon issues of importance to our communities and environment and to suggest opportunities for progress that would be created by smarter growth policies and practices. Other issues addressed in the series of translation papers include health, biodiversity, children and families, education, aging, transportation, agriculture, civic engagement, parks and open space, workforce development, and social equity.

  • The Diversity of Cultural Participation: Findings from a National Survey – 294KB (2005)

    2005 Report, based on a national survey in the United States, investigating the varying motivations and expectations people have when they attend different types of artistic events. This survey represents a preliminary step toward demonstrating the diversity of motivations and circumstances that characterize cultural participation.

  • Vancouver, BC – Community Building through Cultural Expression – 154KB

    Collingwood Neighbourhood House community-building through the arts project in East Vancouver – Final Report.

  • Wales –- Worth Making a Song & Dance About – 1056KB

    Case studies of exemplary voluntary and community arts projects in Wales.

    This document is designed to give a deeper insight into just ten of the projects VAW has worked with over the last few years. They range in location from a West Wales ferry port to the North East of Wales, in art form from traditional music to pop and youth theatre to dance and in age range from seven to well beyond 70. The studies are just a quick snapshot of what the organizations do and how VAW has helped them. As I write we have a grand total of 360 clients and that number is increasing all the time. We work with anything which can be considered art, with anyone who is not in it for a profit and all the training and mentoring we provide is free.