Urban and Rural Studies
Background Photo Credit:
School of Contemporary Dancers performs, Winnipeg, MB - Photo by Robert Barrow
- Examples & Profiles
- Sherbrooke, QC – La Cité des rivières ProjectSherbrooke's downtown revitalization project entitled Cité des rivières was recently awarded the "Action Municipale" by Le Regroupement des Centre-villes et des artères commerciales (the Assembly of downtown cores and commercial avenues). The project included the reconstruction of a heritage balustrade, the development of the Draveurs walkway as well as the installation of public artwork NullePart/Ailleurs and annual cultural programming. The jury added the project could serve as a model for other urban renewal initiatives.
- Philadelphia, PA – The Village of Arts and HumanitiesInternationally-acclaimed non-profit organization using arts approaches for community-building, urban renewal and economic development through social enterprise. Projects focused in North Philadelphia and others international.
- Sherbrooke, QC – La Cité des rivières Project
- Background Reading & Research
- Culture in Small and Rural Communities [PDF] - 208KBArts Research Monitor 8.9 - February 2010. Hill Strategies Research Inc. In this issue: A number of recent reports have examined how the arts can contribute to the quality of life as well as the social and economic well-being of small and rural communities. These reports have also examined factors that attract artists or contribute to the vitality of the arts in small and rural communities.
- Action for Neighbourhood Change (ANC) | Quartiers en essorOrganization with active projects in Surrey, (BC), Regina (SK), Thunder Bay (ON), Toronto (ON) and Halifax (NS), where it works with local residents, not-for-profit agencies and public and private sector partners, to develop creative locally-based solutions for sustainable community development and neighbourhood revitalization.
- Artists in Large Canadian Cities [PDF] - 1735KBHill Strategies Research Inc. (March 2006). Statistical insights on the arts, Vol. 4 No. 4. Canada: Hill Strategies Research Inc.
- Artists by Neighbourhood in Canada [PDF] - 1199KBHill Strategies Research Inc. (October 2005). Statistical insights on the arts, Vol. 4 No. 2. Canada: Hill Strategies Research Inc.
- Artists in Small and Rural Municipalities in Canada [PDF] - 1529KBHill Strategies Research Inc. (February 2006). Statistical insights on the arts, Vol. 4 No. 3. Canada: Hill Strategies Research Inc.
- Arts and culture in regeneration [PDF] - 237KBInternational Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA). (August 2006). D’Art Topics in Arts Policy, No. 25. Sydney, Australia: IFACCA. A review of international literature related to arts and culture in regeneration, presented at the World Summit on Arts asnd Culture held in NewcatleGateshead, England, in June 2006.
- Cultural Development Strategies and Urban Revitalization: A survey of US cities [PDF] - 117KBCarl Grodach and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris (2007). International Journal of Cultural Policy, Vol. 13, No. 4.
- Does Cultural Activity Make a Difference to Community Capacity? A key question addressed by the Small Towns: Big Picture project. [PDF] - 184KBRogers, Maureen and Spokes, Judy. Paper presented to the National Congress of Local Government Managers, July 2003. Published in Community Quarterly Vo 1 No 4.
- Edge Cities: Competitive and Collaborative Creative Economy Strategies for Surrey [PDF] - 1705KB(A White Paper for the Surrey Economic Summit Contributing to the Liveable Cities Theme) Murray, C. (August 31, 2008). Centre for Policy Studies on Culture and Communities, Simon Fraser University.
- One Vision, Many Voices: How to Build a Sustainable Rural Canada [PDF] - 4026KBPrepared by Western Sky Management Associates Inc. for the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties, 2009. Recommendations from the National Symposium Rural Matters! Forging Healthy Canadian Communities.
- Picture This: Artists need a cheap place to work. But does this city really need more artists' lofts?Portnoy, Jenna (January 26-February 1, 2006). Philadelphia City Paper. "The model—artists move in, fix a place up and make it attractive to investors who inevitably price the artists out—is seen as so reliable that nonprofit real estate developers and community groups now look for ways to attract and retain artists in hopes of jumpstarting a neighborhood's economy... The painters, sculptors and dancers don't care much for the theory that they are harbingers of urban renewal, although according to economist Kevin Gillen they are 'canaries in the coal mine.' They just want to make art and live frugally."
- Social Sustainability and the Art of Engagement—the Small Towns: Big Picture Experience [PDF] - 167KBMaureen Rogers (La Trobe University, Australia).(April 2005). Local Environment, Vol. 10, No. 2, 109–124. USA: Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group Ltd.
- Strengthening Rural Economies through the Arts [PDF] - 307KBNGA Center for Best Practices. Issue Brief-Executive Summary (2005).
- Come as You Are: Informal Arts Participation in Urban and Rural Communities [PDF] - 80KBNational Endowment for the Arts, March 2010. "Attendance at performing arts events and art museums is greater in urbanized areas. However, urban and rural residents generally participate in the "informal arts" (activities often unaffiliated with for-profit and nonprofit arts organizations) at similar rates."
- Culture in Small and Rural Communities [PDF] - 208KB