The Importance of the Arts

March 27, 2012

Here are a few items that underscore the importance of the arts in all of our lives.

Arts should form an essential part of every child’s education

“Arts education aids students in skills needed in the workplace: flexibility, the ability to solve problems and communicate, the ability to learn new skills, to be creative and innovative, and to
strive for excellence.” ~ Joseph M. Calahan, Director of Corporate Communications, Xerox Corp in the Vancouver Sun.

Read the rest in the Vancouver Sun.


Kids and art: we need your imagination

Lisa Cinar of Draw Me a Lion wants to cultivate a strong imagination and a lifelong love of art in children, not just for art?s sake, but for smart?s sake.

Read the rest at Vancouver Mom.


BC has one of the highest rates of participation in arts and culture.

Research by Hill Strategies indicates that BC has one of the highest participation rates in the arts in Canada. In fact, all British Columbians participated in an arts, culture or heritage
activity in 2010.

In 2010, 3.8 million people participated in at least one of the 18 arts, culture or heritage activities. Other key groupings of the participation data show that, in 2010:

? 52.6% of British Columbians 15 or older visited a museum.

? 70.9% attended a performing arts event or a cultural festival.

? 77.8% visited a heritage venue.

? 99.3% read a newspaper, magazine or book.

? 89.1% watched a movie or a video.

? 88.4% listened to downloaded music or music on CDs.

Read the full report at Hill Strategies .