Artists play an important, valuable role in Saskatchewan society and deserve fair compensation their work. Public access to art and artists – through distribution, exhibition, education and training – benefits Saskatchewan and all its citizens.
Arts organizations and associations are integral to connecting artists and their work with the public through creation, dissemination and exhibition of artistic works, leadership and education.
Canadian businesses see many important reasons to invest in the arts. In B4tA's 2015 study (1), large businesses most often agreed that these were important reasonons to support the arts:
Small and medium size businesses also found important cultural, social, and economic reasons to support the arts:
Governmental investment can lead by example: Governmental support is a powerful example and motivator for investing in the arts: “be it at the municipal, provincial or federal levels, are important as they set an example for the public. If government engages in the arts and culture either through funding or program development, people will follow.” (2)
Project-specific funding is welcome, but cannot replace core funding. Increased core funding could lead to better implementation of all programming.
(1) Strategic Council, Building the Case for Business Support of the Arts: A Study Commissioned by Business for the Arts, Feb.2015. (Businesses were sized as follows: Small = revenues less than $5 Mil; Medium = $5Mil < revenues < $50 Mil; Large = Revenues > $50 Mil.)
(2) Vital Signs: Belonging: Connecting Our Communities. South Saskatchewan Community Foundation 2016 Report, p21.