Arts and culture enhances every part of our lives. They benefit us economically, socially, and educationally; from the future prospects of our children, to the vibrancy of our valley, to the contribution made to economic growth!
Comox Valley Arts is issuing this Advocacy Statement on behalf of our rich and diverse arts community. The creative community wishes to work closely with our local governments, community agencies and institutions, to ensure continued and sustainable support for arts and culture in keeping with the growing needs of our communities.
Show YOUR support for arts and culture by adding your signature to the statement below.
1. A thriving cultural climate is a sign of a vital community.
Arts and culture renews and revitalizes municipalities, builds community identity and pride, strengthens bonds, improves quality of life on all socioeconomic levels.
“The prevalence of culture brings communities, regions, and the province together by fostering a sense of pride, belonging, and identity.” – Creative City 2005b; Hill Strategies 2012.
2. Arts and Culture can be a catalyst for positive change.
Diversity of every kind is embraced through culture, building trust and understanding. Healthy communities result when health care and social service organizations combine with arts organizations to promote well-being, education, support for the underserviced.
“Arts and culture make considerable and necessary contributions to the well-being of communities. Arts and culture are powerful tools with which to engage communities in various levels of change. They are a means to public dialogue, contribute to the development of a community’s creative learning, create healthy communities capable of action, provide a powerful tool for community mobilization and activism, and help build community capacity and leadership.” ~ Creative City Network of Canada
“Culture is a spark for reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities. As a powerful avenue for sharing the truth of our history, it creates a process for fostering understanding, respect, and meaningful relationships moving forward.” – TRC 2015, 20.
3. Arts and Culture contributes a vital economic impact.
Arts and culture are key economic drivers that contribute to local economies. Comox Valley Arts Cultural Inventory Project estimated between 4000 to 6000 cultural workers in the Comox Valley in 2017, 7% of BC’s cultural workforce. Arts and Culture are a strong economic force that could easily be drawn on to build tourism, jobs, and exports for the Comox Valley.
“B.C. is a culturally rich province that is home to a world-renowned creative sector. The creative economy is an important part of B.C.’s diverse economy. B.C.’s total culture GDP in 2014 was about $6.7 billion, a $1 billion increase since 2010. In addition, a vibrant arts and culture sector is a key factor in attracting skilled workers and corporate investment as well as embracing the quality of life in communities throughout the province.” – Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and Minister Responsible for TransLink 2017/2018 to 2019/20 Service Plan
“Culture GDP in British Columbia is 6.33 times that of sport, and culture creates 4.31 times more jobs than sport.”
“The GPD contributed by culture is greater than that of other prevalent industries, such as agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting; utilities; and accommodation and food services.” – Statistics Canada 2015.
4. Art and culture are public amenities requiring public investment.
Canadians count on a rich and diverse cultural sector. As essential as clean water, good roads and adequate transit, Canadians want the opportunity to attend a play, visit a museum, hear great music, read a good book or be enticed by a great magazine.
“There is widespread attendance at performances and arts events in the past year, with more than eight in ten (87%) Canadians having attended at least one such performance.”
“Many Canadians (53%) have personally been involved in an arts activity in the past year, such as singing, dancing, visual art or creative writing.” – The Arts and Heritage Access and Availability Survey 2016-17
5. Arts education improves creativity, academic achievement, motor skills, confidence, perseverance, focus, collaboration, decision making and accountability.
Studies measuring creative thinking, critical thinking, problem solving and reasoning all find these functions increase and improve when arts education is added to the educational mix.
“The arts, it has been said, cannot change the world, but they may change human beings who might change the world. “– Maxine Greene
“All the research indicates that the arts have multiple benefits,” such as “expression, creativity, collaboration, leadership, being responsible, and also the sheer joy and curiosity of creating something new or participating in an expression of something together, such as a band working together, or an orchestra, or creating theatre.” Lynn Fels, associate professor of arts education at Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Education in Vancouver https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/arts-in-the-service-of-learning/article32107961/
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About Comox Valley Arts:
Since 1965, Comox Valley Arts (the Comox Valley Community Arts Council) has acted as an advocate for the arts and support for cultural development in the Comox Valley. We serve the community – inviting artists of all kinds and levels to participate in our events and providing support to those who are pursuing higher artistic excellence. We work to increase and encourage accessibility, diversity and inclusiveness in arts and cultural experiences for the whole community.
Our Mission: Comox Valley Arts (CVA) supports, promotes and celebrates a vibrant inclusive arts community.