Program Impact

From building capacity in the cultural sector to creating cross-sectoral partnerships that work to strengthen local cultural assets, artsVest has had an incredible impact in every community it enters, from small to large, rural to urban, Francophone to First Nations.

As Dr. Stephen Preece, who evaluated artsVest’s three year pilot, describes it: “What was a nudge to action for individual organizations translated to a collective “big shift” at the community level. The common pattern was for city leaders (often in the cultural sector, but also of general political prominence) to rally key players such as the chamber of commerce, arts councils, artist groups, university representatives, etc.  This created a sense of excitement and activity that got arts groups talking to each other, talking to government representatives, and talking to potential business partners.  This collection of activity took on a life of its own.  Almost universally, arts groups talked about a qualitative evolution from being considered “poor beggars” looking for corporate handouts, to respectable and viable potential partners in the quest for valuable alliances. ”

artsVest’s Impact Includes:

  • Increased capacity in the cultural sector
  • Increased private sector support of the arts
  • Downtown revitalization and increased foot traffic
  • Cross-sectoral partnerships
  • Employee engagement
  • Creative economy building
  • Cultural tourism and economic development

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