New Study On Arts In Rural Communities Examines Three Regions In Canada

IMAGE: SPARC

IMAGE: SPARC

Consultant Inga Petri has conducted new research on whether there are common criteria or success indicators for building a sustainable, rural arts community. Petri carried out her research in three distinct rural communities in Canada (Haliburton County, Ontario; Temiskaming Shores, Ontario; and Wells, BC).

Petri's research draws on existing literature about arts in rural communities as well as Petri’s work with organizations in rural communities from coast to coast to coast. In this initial phase of the study she focuses on communities that were founded on one type of economy, usually based on natural resources, and that are seeking to build a new, diverse economy.

Petri will present findings from this new study for the first time at the SPARC Symposium taking place in Haliburton, from October 27-30, 2016. Registration is open online.

Note to SPARC registrants: Bursaries are available for up $150 toward the registration fee, as well as $0.10/km for travel within Ontario. Email rachel@sparcperformingarts.com for the Registration Fee Bursary Application Form.

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