Friday, April 27, 2012

National Dance Week - Day 6: Dance Contributes To A Creative Economy - by SarahLochhead

Artists are inventors.  We dream and then do.

Here's some data on the doing ... the part that is more readily quantifiable to economic impact.

Research compiled by Barrie's cultural Department via their report Created in Barrie - Understanding Barrie's Arts and Culture Markets notes that:

 ... between 1990 and 2000, Barrie attracted more artists per capita than any other Canadian community. 

Consider the following statistics from the Ontario Arts Council website:

$11 billion 
  • Direct Ontario consumer spending on cultural goods and services in 2008 – including $600 million in spending by Ontarians on live performing arts.
Consumer Spending on Culture in Canada, the Provinces and 12 Metropolitan Areas in 2008, Hill   Strategies Research, 2010

$19.7 billion
  • Amount directly contributed to the province’s GDP by Ontario’s cultural sector – representing 4.2% of Ontario’s GDP.
Economic Contribution of the Culture Sector to Canada’s Provinces Statistics Canada, 2007

252,300
  • Direct employment in Ontario’s cultural sector – representing 4.1% of  total Ontario employment.
Economic Contribution of the Culture Sector to Canada’s Provinces Statistics Canada, 2007

Sarah Lochhead in her own work "Stay the course" Photo by Foto Dances - Peter Lear fotodances.com


From April 2011-March 2012 Simcoe Contemporary Dancers paid artists' fees to eleven individuals including dancers, choreographers and composers. A drop in the pond but the idea of starting a company grew to job creation for local skilled labour. 





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