Impact on Local Cultural Planning

artsVest is very closely aligned with Municipal Cultural Planning and serves to activate cultural plans by sparking alliances between the public, private and cultural sectors to work together to develop local cultural assets.

Feedback from Local Government:

“It is precisely the right kind of program for the type of community we have. Calgary is becoming a place where artists move to, rather than where artists move from, and it’s all due to our community’s commitment to the arts.” - Naheed Nenshi, Mayor – Calgary

“We have received nothing but very positive feedback on the various aspects of the artsVest project. Our organizations achieved great success with the program and the participants have all gained skills that they will continue to use in their partnership efforts. We were pleased to participate and view the Town’s investment as most worthy.” - Ruth Phillips, Economic Development Manager, Economic Development,  Planning & Innovation Department, Town of Orangeville

“artsVest served as a perfect activator for our Municipal Cultural Plan.  As we were completing our plan, funding became available to our arts and culture community to partner with local businesses.  It was a marriage made in heaven.  Culture is growing in the community and artsVest served as a catalyst to help this happen.” - Dan Taylor, Economic Development Officer, Prince Edward County

“artsVest has proved to be a great way to build innovative new partnerships between businesses and arts organizations,” Saskatchewan Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport Former Minister Kevin Doherty -  “The economic and social benefits of these relationships contribute to a vibrant and growing arts, culture and heritage sector, supporting our growing economy and enhancing our enviable quality of life.”

“The outstanding success of the artsVest program reinforced our vision of a culturally progressive City and has created some extraordinary partnerships within the business and arts community that complements our many other attributes” – Ron Stevens, Mayor – Orillia

“We are very pleased with the results from the first year of artsVest,”- Christopher Shore, Director of Arts Nova Scotia. “We look forward to continuing to help the arts and culture community find ways to engage with the business community through innovative programs such as this.”

“artsVest succeeded in raising more than $100,000 in new money to support the arts in St. Catharines,” – Rebecca Cann, Cultural Planning Supervisor, City of St. Catharines – “What’s even better is that the new partnerships arts groups have forged with local businesses will continue to support the arts in the city for years to come.”

“The real legacy has been as a significant community building tool. It’s building lasting relationships between cultural groups and business and strengthening the cultural vitality and prosperity of communities.” - Alida Stevenson of the Ministry of Culture

“It’s not just about funding. It’s about the relationship between the business and the arts organization and how they mutually benefit each other” – Jacqueline Soczka – “The festivals downtown bring additional patrons into our businesses and the businesses provide support to the (arts) organizations and together they provide depth.” – Jacqueline Soczka, Manager of Culture for the City of Orillia

“The eyes of influential business leaders in the community have certainly been opened with regards to the power of partnering with the arts” - Doug Cleverly, City of Owen Sound

“In our recent consultations with Toronto’s cultural sector, it was clear that developing new and innovative funding programs and partnerships was a priority. This partnership with Business for the Arts to launch artsVest Toronto supports small and mid-size arts organizations, giving them the skills training and tools to build relationships with the business community, to identify businesses that are a good fit with their organization, and  to cultivate innovative partnerships” – Claire Hopkinson, Director and CEO of  Toronto Arts Council

“Congratulations to Business for the Arts for continued expansion of the artsVest program in British Columbia” – B.C. Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Coralee Oakes – “The program is very successful in helping smaller arts and culture organizations in B.C. grow stronger through building better relationships with their local business community and implementing effective fundraising campaigns.”

er of partnering with the arts” - Doug Cleverly, City of Owen Sound

http://www.artsvest.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/8745286148_8800bc5565_o-300x199.jpg“In our recent consultations with Toronto’s cultural sector, it was clear that developing new and innovative funding programs and partnerships was a priority. This partnership with Business for the Arts to launch artsVest Toronto supports small and mid-size arts organizations, giving them the skills training and tools to build relationships with the business community, to identify businesses that are a good fit with their organization, and  to cultivate innovative partnerships” – Claire Hopkinson, Director & CEO, Toronto Arts Council