Community Building

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  • 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.