artsVest offers the business community an opportunity to double their investment in a cultural organization and their impact on the local community.
In building partnerships between the private and cultural sectors, artsVest helps strengthen and diversify local economies, engage employees and attract and retain talent. Many of the projects artsVest has funded are focused on downtown revitalization and increased foot traffic, and often gain the support of the local Chamber of Commerce and BIA.
Feedback from the Private Sector:
“The reality is that our creative strength that built our community is also a very important part of ourfuture. Businesses rely on creative minds. They rely on the strength of the arts and culture community.” – Dave Angus, President,Winnipeg Chamber of Commence
At Bluewater Power in Sarnia-Lambton, Brad Gray, VP Operations, underscored that artsVest partnerships bring to business and arts organizations alike. “ArtsVest gave us an opportunity to work alongside and learn from local entrepreneurs. Likewise it gave local entrepreneurs an opportunity to work with an organization whose survival is dependent upon balancing the books. Our partnership with the local Art Community created a vibrant culture both within our workplace and our community.”
“The arts play a very important role in developing a sense of community and building a strong bond between artists, businesses and patrons, encouraging creativity all while bringing beauty to our lives.” – Alchemy in partnership with Ness Creek Cultural and Recreational Society
“We believe the arts contribute to a healthy, dynamic community. Our investment in culturally vibrant organizations reflects our mandate to build trust, service quality and strong partnerships across our customer base and throughout the Waterloo region.” – Victoria Star Motors Inc. in partnership with the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery
“artsVest provided a wonderful opportunity to develop partnerships between these business and arts organizations. These relationships continue today, and I am certain will generate further involvement from others in our community” – Jay Cox, President – Owen Sound & District Chamber of Commerce
“Summit believes in supporting culture in the communities in which we live and work. The long-term benefit in our communities includes; increased opportunities for local education, promoting diversity, providing employment opportunities and supporting local artists.” – Summit Environmental Consultants Inc. in partnership with the Vernon Public Art Gallery