“More than Storefronts: Insights into Creative Placemaking and Community Economic Development” (2017) Report by Metris Arts Consulting commissioned by LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation)
The first in a series of reports and case studies commissioned by LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation), More than Storefronts posits that creative placemaking offers community economic developers a demonstrably effective way to encourage rural and neighborhood commercial district revitalization. This paper draws on six case studies of programs that have used arts and culture to help spur economic revitalization of low-income areas, from Cajun and Louisiana Creole culture in rural Louisiana to creative funding for a dance and performance nonprofit in San Francisco to affordable live-work space in Cleveland. It examines how local efforts to explicitly invest in artists, arts-related businesses, and arts-and-cultural organizations can help advance community economic development and what it takes to connect arts and culture as an economic strategy with simultaneous efforts to strengthen the social fabric in the community and advance class, racial, or cultural equity, as well.
WorkInCulture Announcement - Improving training for the culture sector
The Ontario Government is improving business and technical training for people who work in the art and culture sector, to help them develop their careers. To achieve this, the Province of Ontario is investing $750,000 over three years in WorkInCulture, a not-for-profit organization that works with training organizations across the province to offer career development and business skills – such as marketing, financial and project management – to workers in the culture sector.
ArtsBuild Ontario Property Tax Survey
ArtsBuild Ontario is surveying creative spaces across the province to better understand the impact of property tax assessments. Take the survey today! In light of the very public property tax increase at 401 Richmond in Toronto, they would like to learn more about other facilities and how property tax assessments have impacted their space/operations. Your responses will help inform ongoing advocacy efforts to decision makers at all levels of government, to educate all on how property tax assessments impacts our creative spaces province wide.
The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete! Please take a moment and complete the survey and/or pass along to a creative space.
Strong & Successful Museums: The Road to Renewal – OMA Conference
Register today for the Ontario Museum Association 2017 Conference, Strong & Successful Museums: The Road to Renewal. This year's conference will be held at Four Points, Kingston from October 11-13, 2017 in Kingston, Ontario! Join Museum, Gallery, Archive and Heritage Professionals from across Ontario and Canada for three days of learning, networking, and participating around the theme of renewal. From sessions on smarter partnerships and collaboration to practical hands-on workshops throughout the conference, this year will inspire, and provide delegates with ways to implement small changes for big impact!
Canada Council for the Arts Opens its Digital Strategy Fund
The Digital Strategy Fund guidelines are now available and our portal is open for applications. This $88.5 million fund, to be allocated over four years (including $10M in this first deadline), supports Canadian artists and arts organizations to make the transition to a digital society. Grants will range from $1,000-$50,000 (single phase projects) and $251,000-$500,000 (multi-phase projects).