Two interesting news pieces from Canada that focus on how the support for arts is so vital for a vibrant community.
The economic imperative for investing in arts and culture
by Todd Hirsch, The Globe and Mail
In this age of fiscal restraint, one of the easiest targets for spending cuts is the arts.....But economically.... There are several reasons why investing in culture is an economic imperative.
The third reason, however, is the most important. To become the creative, innovative and imaginative citizens that our companies and governments want us to be, Canadians need to willingly expose themselves to new ideas. A vibrant arts and culture community is the easiest way to make this possible.
Landmark Study Sheds Light on Profound Benefits of the Performing Arts
Canadian Arts Presenting Association
Performing arts presenting generates a wide range of benefits for Canadians, the communities they live in and society at large, according to a report prepared by Strategic Moves and released today by the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA).