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Arts Advocate Blog
Micheline McKay’s excellent coverage of people, policy and legislation, makes this the most influential blog on public policy as it relates to the arts industry in Canada.
The Arts Policies Diaries
Shannon Litzenberger’s savvy postings on arts policy issues in Toronto and Canada – and the arts community’s lobbying and advocacy activities – is a must-read, filled with insight and information.
Arts Research Monitor
Hill Strategies Research’s excellent Arts Research Monitor provides synopses of qualitative and quantitative research findings in the arts and culture in Canada and elsewhere. The goal of the site is to be useful to artists, arts managers, funders, policy makers, researchers and others with an interest in learning more about the arts and culture.
Culture’s contribution to the GDP, share of the economy, and number of jobs is roughly 10 times that of sports
Supporting Excellence in the Arts – From Measurement to Judgement
by Sir Brian McMaster
This report talks about how the system of public sector support for the arts can encourage excellence, risk-taking and innovation.
Canadian Forum on Arts and Health -Forum Summary Report
Hosted by the British Columbia Arts Council, March 2005
This report contains a summary of the discussions during the March 2005 Canadian Forum on Arts and Health. The goals of the Forum were to: share experiences and research; provide a networking opportunity for those working in the area; identify questions, issues and opportunities; and assess potential policy implications.
Art and Wellbeing Australia Council for the Arts, 2004
This Australian report highlights case studies regarding the connections between community cultural development and seven areas: health; sustainable development; public housing and places; rural revitalization; community strengthening; active citizenship; social inclusion and cultural diversity.
Cultural Value and the Crisis of Legitimacy – Why culture needs a democratic mandate by John Holden
This paper makes a very strong case for the legitimacy of cultural funding.
Art for more than art’s sake by Carter Bales and Sandra Pinnavaia
A valuable article on the case for public funding for the arts and how the sector turns this funding into a high-yield investment with low and manageable risk.
Proving Your Worth: 10 Ways to Measure the impact of your Communications – Fenton Communications, 2006
An excellent checklist to evaluate the success and impact of your advocacy campaigns.
Gifts of the Muse – Reframing the Debate about the Benefits of the Arts by Kevin F. McCarthy, Elizabeth H. Ondaatje, Laura Zakaras & Arthur Brooks
This study commissioned by The Wallace Foundation, focuses on understanding the benefits of the arts and its importance to the discussion and design of policies affecting the arts.
From the Ground Up: Growing Toronto’s Cultural Sector
A report highlighting the fundamental link between culture, economy and place, including pull-out maps showing where artists work/live; where cultural industries are clustered; and where creative businesses cluster in Toronto.
Nine Small Advocacy Tips, Nonprofit World, Vol 25, No 1, January/February 2007.
Nine concise and useful tips from the Society for Nonprofit Organizations on advocating for policy or legislative change.
Dance Collection Danse
Canada’s national dance archives and publisher dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of Canadian dance history,an exceptional source of information and research demonstrates the longevity and depth of Canada’s dance history and encourages us all to acknowledge and celebrate the art of dance.