Culture GDP in Saskatchewan was $1.4B in 2014, representing 1.3% of the province’s economy, a 23.6% increase from 2010. (1)
The number of culture jobs in Saskatchewan was 12,581, or 2.1% of the total jobs in province, a 6.2% increase from 2010. (1)
92% of Canadians believe that arts experiences are a valuable way of bringing together people from different languages and cultural traditions. (2)
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 (3), large businesses most often agreed that these were important reasons 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:
The Saskatchewan Government’s $3.4M investment in arts organizations - through the Arts Board - triggers another $3.3M in federal investment and generates expenditures almost 9 times the original investment (Source: CADAC Data).
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.” (4)
Project-specific funding is welcome, but cannot replace core funding. Increased core funding could lead to better implementation of all programming.
1) Statistics Canada. Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators, 2010 to 2014. Released May 11, 2016. Catalogue no. 13-604-M ISBN 978-0-660-04937-3.
2) Phoenix Strategic Perspectives, The Arts and Heritage in Canada – Access and Availability 2012.
3) 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.)
4) Vital Signs: Belonging: Connecting Our Communities. South Saskatchewan Community Foundation 2016 Report, p21.