"Diversity, passion, self-expression, beauty, aspiration, transformation and prosperity are by-products of cultural vitality." - Author, Silver Donald Cameron
Editor: Marilyn Bittman
Project Management: Nancy Duxbury
Project Coordination: Sheryl McGraw
Web Design: Gliss Media
Thank you to Claire McCaughey, Research Manager, Canada Council for the Arts
MAKING the CASE FOR CULTURE has been financially supported by Canada Council for the Arts
Making the Case
Culture or “the arts” takes on many forms: painting, writing, quilting, pottery, museums, landmarks, sculptures, landscapes, streetscapes, memorials, sport. It is a way for individuals and communities to express and engage themselves with family, friends, and their neighbourhoods, their communities.
Culture can be used to renew or revitalize municipalities, regions, even a country. It can build community identity and pride, strengthen bonds, improve quality of life on all socioeconomic levels, and engage children and youth in education and their environment.
Culture can be the catalyst for positive change, engaging all ages and communities. Diversity can be embraced through culture, building trust and understanding. And culture can act as the economic engine that drives municipalities toward growth and prosperity.
MAKING the CASE FOR CULTURE is a series of six papers that details “how and why” culture is key to our betterment. Click on the links below to download the individual papers as PDF documents.
- Culture as an Economic Engine [PDF] - 253KBGrowth is inevitable when culture is used as a tool. It brands, creates job growth, spin-off businesses and competition.
- References - Culture as an Economic Engine [PDF] - 90KBList of References
- Urban Renewal and Revitalization [PDF] - 994KBA country is made up of many parts, its inhabitants key players. The arts ensure their habitat reflects who they are and how they live.
- References - Urban Renewal and Revitalization [PDF] - 87KBList of References
- Building Community Identity and Pride [PDF] - 1170KBCulture brings together networks of individuals strengthening social bonds, creating common memories and a democracy in which people want to participate.
- References - Building Community Identity and Pride [PDF] - 48KBList of References
- Arts and Positive Change in Communities [PDF] - 1603KBDialogue opens up through the arts because it deals with meanings, addresses emotions, and helps identify and define individuals and the communities where they live.
- References - Arts and Positive Change in Communities [PDF] - 55KBList of References
- Quality of Life/Quality of Place [PDF] - 904KBThe arts can create a level playing field, open to all socioeconomic individuals, groups and communities, enabling public participation.
- References - Quality of Life/Quality of Place [PDF] - 74KBList of References
- Personal and Social Development and Youth [PDF] - 430KBEngaging and motivating children and youth is easily accomplished through the arts, promoting their well-being while teaching them empathy and tolerance.