Arts matter. They benefit individuals and communities. Everything is connected. Great art engages and inspires everyone from children with crayons to professionals with multi-media installations; local square dancers to international ballerinas; quilting grandmothers to cutting-edge fashion designers.
The Arts improve quality of life.
The Arts strengthen communities by:
The Arts enable innovation and education.
The Arts matter to Saskatchewan people. A 2017 Study for the Canada Council and Canadian Heritage found that:
They show up:
Nationally, Canadians widely agree that arts and heritage are beneficial to local communities:
1.Environics Research Group, Arts and Heritage Access and Availability Survey 2016-2017, Department of Canadian Heritage and Canada Council for the Arts, POR number: 051-16. 2017.
Teaching the Arts is valuable: The arts teach cultural literacy, artistic skills and techniques as well as a wide range of other valuable skills.
Parents value the arts. In a 2015 survey of Canadian parents:
More Arts Education Outcomes include:
Skills such as critical and creative thinking, social development, and; increased motivation to participate in the community, and lifelong involvement in the arts.(2)
Dianne Warren's 2016 report, Future Innovators: Developing Creativity Through K-12 Arts Education in Saskatchewan Schools, confirms "the arts are essential to innovative thinking and behavior and can be applied in all K-12 schools through policy change, inquiry-based curriculum including arts education curriculum, and open dialogue among science, math, technology and arts education teachers." (4)
Arts Education can develop the innovative minds and creative skills needed to compete successfully in the 21st century workplace.(2)
See Also: More Arts Education
(1) Strategic Counsel, Building the Case for Business Support of the Arts: A Study Commissioned by Business for the Arts, Feb.2015.
(2) Canada Council, Impact of the Arts on Canadian Life.
(3) President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future through Creative Schools, Washington, DC, May 2011.
(4) Warren, Dianne. Future Innovators: Developing Creativity Through K-12 Arts Education in Saskatchewan Schools. Saskatchewan Arts Alliance, August 15, 2016. p6.
Arts Involvement Drives Innovation:
Arts Education develops five skills that underpin innovative behavior and are linked to the innovation process in youth. These skills match what employers say they most need in their new recruits, but which they too often find missing.
Turning STEM into STEAM: "the arts are essential to innovative thinking and behavior and can be applied in all K-12 schools through policy change, inquiry-based curriculum including arts education curriculum, and open dialogue among science, math, technology and arts education teachers" - Dianne Warren's Future Innovators: Developing Creativity Through K-12 Arts Education in Saskatchewan Schools (2).
Providing STEM professionals with significant arts exposure (throughout their lifetimes), may be essential to their creative capital potential.(3)
Find out more: The Arts Innovate
1) C. Brooke Dobni, PhD, Achieving Growth through Innovation: The Role of Arts Education in Supporting Economic Sustainability, May 2014.
2) Warren, Dianne. Future Innovators: Developing Creativity Through K-12 Arts Education in Saskatchewan Schools. Saskatchewan Arts Alliance, August 15, 2016. p6.
(3)LaMore, Rex, Robert Root-Bernstein, Michele Root-Bernstein, John H. Schweitzer, James L. Lawton, Eileen Roraback, Amber Peruski, Megan VanDyke and Laleah Fernandez, “Arts and Crafts: Critical to Economic Innovation” Economic Development Quarterly 2013 27: 221 originally published online 28 April 2013. DOI: 10.1177/0891242413486186.
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 cultural jobs in Saskatchewan was 12,581, or 2.1% of the total jobs in the province, a 6.2% increase from 2010. (1)
Artists play an important, valuable role in Saskatchewan society and deserve fair compensation for 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.
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).
Find More: Invest in the Arts
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.