For Canadians, the highest rated benefits of the performing arts in communities are energy and vitality. Exposure to different cultures leads to better intercultural understanding. Pride in one’s community and a sense of belonging are fostered through these shared experiences. The performing arts enhance the quality of life of Canadians in communities from coast to coast, and contribute to greater health and well-being, social cohesion, and creativity.
Moving forward together
Canada’s Performing Arts Alliance, a collaboration of the Canadian Dance Assembly, Association for Opera in Canada, Orchestras Canada and the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, concluded its first-ever meeting, committed to the underscoring of the role of Canada’s performing arts organizations and artists in communities, big and small, from coast to coast. Building from a position of strength, we are looking to work with government and community builders to collaborate on proactive measures that will maximize the benefit Canadians enjoy from the arts.
Deeply concerned about the potential impact of the current economic crisis on communities across Canada and in particular their theatres, orchestras, dance and opera companies, members of the joint boards forged common cause to ensure the structural and resource ability of performing arts organizations. This forum explored policy responses to address the volatility facing companies in every corner of the country. As a significant contributor to Canada’s economy and the quality of life of Canadians, the performing arts sector came together to urge all levels of governments to ensure that the arts are part of any economic stimulus package.
Drawing on experiences and lessons from both inside and outside of Canada, leaders of Canada’s performing arts sector found common ground to fortify their collective impact, nationally and in their communities. Robert Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts, spoke passionately and convincingly about the need to engage Canadians from all walks of life and to reach out to community builders from all sectors, including citizens, business and the third sector.
At the meeting, participants considered the success of Culture pour tous and their flagship event les Journées de la culture in providing access to and participation in the arts for over 350,000 people annually in more than 300 Québec municipalities. Participants were unanimous in endorsing a national public arts engagement campaign.
Representatives of the Canadian Public Arts Funders briefed the meeting on their collaborative approach aimed at improving communications, efficiency and transparency for the benefit of artists, arts organizations, and Canadians. The importance of coordinating networks and communications was applauded by all.
The founding meeting of Canada’s Performing Arts Alliance drew together the board members of the Canadian Dance Assembly, Opera.ca, Orchestras Canada and the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres. Together we represent over 850 performing artists and arts organizations across the country. Representatives of l’Association des théâtres francophones du Canada, Canadian Arts Presenters Association, the Canadian Conference of the Arts and the Association of Canadian Choral Communities were invited to this first-ever gathering.
Canada’s Performing Arts Alliance is committed to being at the forefront of arts advocacy in Canada, working with the Canadian Arts Coalition, the Canadian Conference for the Arts, Imagine Canada and others.
Canada’s Performing Arts Alliance
The Canadian Dance Assembly exists to facilitate the dynamic exchange of information relevant to Canadian professional dance of all forms and aesthetics, and strives to cultivate a strong national voice for Canadian professional dance and to support the development of resources for this field of artistic expression.
Canadian Dance Assembly
Orchestras Canada is the united national voice of Canadian orchestras and a focal point for industry intelligence and collective action working to create the conditions in which Canadian orchestras can thrive.
The Association for Opera in Canada is the national association for opera in Canada working across the country to advance the interests of Canada’s opera community and create greater opportunity for opera audiences and professionals alike.
Association for Opera in Canada
The Professional Association of Canadian Theatres is the collective voice of professional Canadian theatres, a leader in the national performing arts community, and an advocate for the value of live performance providing a community where theatre practitioners can come together to discuss important issues of the day and work together to create innovative solutions.
Professional Association of Canadian Theatres
The Canadian Association for the Performing Arts is a national arts service organization for the performing arts touring and presenting community. The Association represents and serves more than 150 professional for-profit and not-for-profit presenters, festivals, presenter networks, artistic companies, agents, managers and other stakeholders working across the presenting and touring sector in Canada. Collectively, our network members represent nearly 2000 professional and volunteer organizations, associations and companies.
Canadian Association for the Performing Arts
The Canadian Arts Coalition is a collaborative group of national arts service and membership organizations united in the belief that the future of our citizens, their towns and cities, and the nation itself depends on a rich, vibrant and diverse arts and heritage community.
Canadian Arts Coalition
Choral Canada is the national voice of the Canadian choral community, representing and uniting a network of conductors, educators, accompanists, composers, students, administrators, choral industry leaders, and more than 42,000 member choral singers from coast to coast to coast. Choral Canada promotes, celebrates and advocates for Canadian choral music and musicians nationally and internationally. Choral Canada encourages excellence in the choral art through our programs, including the National Youth Choir of Canada.
The Association of Francophone Theatres of Canada represents and serves seventeen members; professional theater companies operating in French in six predominantly English-speaking Canadian provinces: New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. In turn, the Association also supports the more than seven hundred and fifty freelance artists who revolve around them.
Association of Francophone Theatres of Canada
The Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance connects geographically and artistically diverse Indigenous performing artists, arts organizations, and communities claiming space for all Indigenous performing artists through a collective voice, generosity, and inclusion.
Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance
The Canadian Conference of the Arts is a not-for-profit, non-partisan member-based organization that represents the interests of over 400,000 artists, cultural professionals from all disciplines of the nation’s vast arts, culture and heritage community. As the national convener, the Canadian Conference of the Arts provides support for collaborative leadership for the Canadian cultural sector.
Canadian Conference of the Arts
Culture Days is a collaborative initiative that welcomes public participation. Everyone has a part to play in Culture Days whether you’re already passionate about the arts or interested in discovering something new.
The Value of Presenting
The Value of Presenting: A Study of Performing Arts Presentation in Canada is the culmination of two years of intensive action research, which involved two pan-Canadian surveys, and consultations of more than 1,000 stakeholders.
This report includes a comprehensive historical and contemporary overview of the performing arts ecosystem. It reveals that performing arts are valued by the vast majority of Canadians across socio-economic differences and provides a new perspective on younger Canadians’ interest in live performing arts.
Most importantly, the study identifies a broad range of public benefits associated with performing arts presentation, including better health and well-being, greater energy and vitality in communities, and a more caring and cohesive society.