A Statistical Profile of Artists in Canada in 2016

This report from Hill Strategies Research’s Statistical Insights on the Arts series provides an in-depth examination of the working lives of artists in Canada, including statistics on: the overall number of artists (over 180,000, more than auto workers or utilities workers), artists by occupation and industry, demographic information, and incomes.

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Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing

Potentially the most comprehensive overview of the field to date, this report provides evidence demonstrating the impact of the arts on health and wellbeing throughout all stages of life. The evidence consists of an extensive literature review and stakeholder consultations, including 16 roundtable discussions with a total of 300 participants. The report includes ten recommendations, many of which involve greater collaboration between the National Health Service, government bodies, research councils, public health organizations, and medical schools.

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Canadians’ Arts, Culture, and Heritage Participation in 2016

Hill Strategies report based on Statistics Canada’s 2016 General Social Survey (Canadians at Work and Home) finds that in 2016, virtually all Canadians (15 or older) participated in some type of arts, culture, or heritage activity (100%, or 99.5% if rounded to one decimal place). Arts attendance levels were very high, with nearly nine in ten Canadians (86%) attending an art gallery, an arts performance, an artistic or cultural or festival, or a movie theatre. Half (4.8 million) of Canadians 15 or older made or performed art in 2016.

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Everyday Creativity - 64 Million Artists

Commissioned by Arts Council England and written by 64 Million Artists, this report looks at the role of Everyday Creativity in the cultural ecology. The work was delivered following the publication of the Warwick Commission Report into Cultural Value.

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Inside, Outside, Beyond: Artistic Leadership for Contradictory Times

Recommended reading: This Bluecoat initiative articulates the need for support of existing + emerging arts leaders and sets out “a simple framework for artistic leadership in the future, one which can be used to develop ways of working, organisations and networks which can be adaptive and resilient and which can produce the kind of rich cultural value desired.” Bluecoat is Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts and the UK's oldest arts centre.

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