Culture-Led Economic Development
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Nuit Blanche, Toronto, ON - Photo by C. Rechico
- Economic Development Strategies
- Halifax Regional Municipality, NS – Economic Development Strategy [PDF] - 1204KBAdopted in 2005, this strategy identifies investment in cultural infrastructure as a key economic development strategy and a "creative city" approach to attracting and maintaining a young, innovative and creative individuals. The strategy emphasizes "leveraging" Halifax's creative community in the service of economic development.
- Moncton, NB - Economic Development Strategy [PDF] - 965KBAdopted in November 2005, this strategy establishes a "creative city" approach to economic development. Among the key priorities that it identifies are accelerating growth in the creative economy and enhancing the vibrancy of arts and culture. The city recognizes that arts and culture are essential to creating a unique life style that will attract not only creative people, but also families that will benefit and enjoy living in a vibrant community.
- Halifax Regional Municipality, NS – Economic Development Strategy [PDF] - 1204KB
- Examples & Profiles
- Making the Case: Culture as an Economic Engine [PDF] - 253KBGrowth is inevitable when culture is used as a tool. It brands, creates job growth, spin-off businesses and competition. (Making the Case, Creative City Network of Canada)
- Philadelphia, PA – The Village of Arts and HumanitiesInternationally-acclaimed non-profit organization using arts approaches for community-building, urban renewal and economic development through social enterprise. Projects focused in North Philadelphia and others international.
- Making the Case: Culture as an Economic Engine [PDF] - 253KB
- Background Reading & Research
- Dreamcatcher: Towards a Creativity/Innovation Strategic Plan for British Columbia: A BCreative 2012 Conference Report [PDF] - 8603KBRowland Lorimer, 2013. Published by the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing Press (CCSP).
- Artful Business: Using the Arts for Community Economic Development [PDF] - 200KBPhillips, R. (2004). Community Development Journal, Volume 39, No. 2, Spring 2004.
- The Arts and Culture as New Engines of Economic and Social Development [PDF] - 76KBSimon Brault (2005). Policy Options.
- The Artistic Dividend: The Arts’ Hidden Contributions to Regional Development [PDF] - 1621KBKing, David and Markusen, Ann (July 2003). Minneapolis, MN: Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota.
- The Arts and development: an essential tension [PDF] - 275KBArticle exploring the intrinsic tension between the economic development and community building goals of the arts.
- The Creative Engine: How Arts & Culture is Fueling Economic Growth in New York City Neighborhoods [PDF] - 313KBNovember 2002. Center for an Urban Future.
- The Creative Sector in Kelowna, British Columbia: An Economic Impact Assessment [PDF] - 1026KBBernard Momer (March 2010). The University of British Columbia Okanagan.
- Culture and Commerce: The Traditional Arts in Economic Development [PDF] - 1575KBThe Urban Institute + The Fund for Folk Culture. 2003.
- Culture and Economic Competitiveness: An Emerging Role for the Arts in Canada [PDF] - 167KBJason J. Azmier (March 2002). Canada West Foundation.
- Economic impact of "arts & culture" in the Greater Edmonton Region [PDF] - 65KB2005 economic impact study released by the Edmonton Arts Council and Edmonton Economic Development Corp. demonstrates the growing impact arts and culture organizations have on our regional economy and quality of life.
- Edge Cities: Competitive and Collaborative Creative Economy Strategies for Surrey [PDF] - 1705KB(A White Paper for the Surrey Economic Summit Contributing to the Liveable Cities Theme) Murray, C. (August 31, 2008). Centre for Policy Studies on Culture and Communities, Simon Fraser University.
- Valuing Culture: Measuring and Understanding Canada's Creative Economy [PDF] - 1164KBThe Conference Board of Canada (August 2008).This report was prepared by The Conference Board of Canada for the International Forum on the Creative Economy. It sheds light on the value of culture as a cornerstone of the creative economy and as a contributor to economic performance across all sectors.
- Juno Awards, Calgary: An Economic Impact Analysis [PDF] - 160KBLeger Marketing (August 2008).This report examines the economic impacts related to hosting the Juno Awards in Calgary.
- Nova Scotia CAN: Building the Creative Economy in Nova Scotia [PDF] - 820KBPrepared by Leah Hamilton, Genesis, Consulting; Andrea Arbic, A.L. Arbic Consulting; Greg Baeker, AuthentiCity, Research Committee, Nova Scotia Cultural Action Network, February 2009. The Nova Scotia Cultural Action Network (NSCAN) is a coalition of individuals dedicated to the progressive development of the province’s arts and culture for the benefit of all Nova Scotians. In March 2008, NSCAN initiated a research project to look at new ways of thinking about economic development with a view to making Nova Scotia a world leader in the emerging creative economy.
- Using Arts and Culture to Stimulate State Economic Development [PDF] - 4574KBNational Governors Association (2009). This report offers insights and examples from states across the USA to help governors incorporate the arts and culture into state economic development strategies. In particular, this report provides governors with tips on how to understand and measure their creative industries, develop plans to capitalize on the benefits of those industries, and provide support that helps sustain the contributions of the arts and culture sector. It also explores the arts and culture in the context of their contributions to local community development and state tourism, providing information on how states can incorporate these aspects into their overall economic development strategies.
- Ticket to the Future Phase 1:
The Economic Impact of the Arts and Creative Industries in Winnipeg [PDF] - 1138KBPrepared by PRA Inc. for the Winnipeg Arts Council, November 16, 2009. “This study represents the first step in the creation of a new cultural planning strategy for the City of Winnipeg. A significant legacy project of Winnipeg’s year as the Cultural Capital of Canada, the completed strategy, Ticket to the Future, will be released in November 2010. Phase One is a landmark document. This is a complete inventory of Winnipeg’s wealth of cultural assets. This report reveals that the arts and creative industries have a significant impact on Winnipeg’s economy. It also defines an arts network that is well-established and sophisticated, with remarkable depth, diversity and integrity in its achievements.”
- Dreamcatcher: Towards a Creativity/Innovation Strategic Plan for British Columbia: A BCreative 2012 Conference Report [PDF] - 8603KB