“The specific characteristics of the performing arts eco-system matters to whether it can fuel vibrant rural communities.” With this hypothesis in mind, Inga Petri's exploratory research investigates whether there are common criteria or success indicators for building a sustainable, rural arts community. 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 has been examining three distinct rural communities in Canada: Haliburton County, Ontario; Temiskaming Shores, Ontario; and Wells, BC. She will present findings from this new study for the first time at the SPARC Symposium taking place in Haliburton, from October 27-30, 2016.
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