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PRESENTED BY THE KAWARTHA LAKES ARTS COUNCIL

 

In 2014, a coalition of artists and organizations formed Kawartha ArtsVote to bring awareness to the cultural sector in advance of the municipal election.

We are relaunching ArtsVote in anticipation of the municipal election in the City of Kawartha Lakes this fall. 

In the lead up to our municipal election in October, we're working with the Kawartha Lakes Heritage Network, and shining the light on the cultural sector once again. We want to elect candidates who support our cultural sector and who believe that long-term investment in the culture of the Kawartha Lakes is vital to our economic and social growth. We are creating an opportunity for electoral candidates to express their commitment to a platform on arts and culture because we want to empower you to make an informed decision when you go to vote.

We are advocating for solutions based on current issues facing the cultural sector.  We are asking all the candidates seeking office in the October election to respond with their answers and support. Responses from the candidates will be posted here for you to see. We'd like to hear from the community as well.

On SEPTEMBER 27, 2018 at 7PM you're invited to a discussion forum at the Academy Theatre in Lindsay where each mayoral candidate will publicly address our questions. 

 

CHANGE IS UP TO YOU - EDUCATE YOURSELF

In 2014, Ontario’s cultural sector contributed 301,933 jobs as well as $27.7 billion in direct economic impact, or 4.1% of the province’s GDP. This also represents 45% of the total cultural GDP in Canada.

Desjardins, E. (2016). Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators, 2010 to 2014. Statistics Canada.

Forty-three percent of Canada’s artists live in Ontario.

Hill Strategies Research Inc., “Artists and Cultural Workers in Canada’s Provinces and Territories,” (October 22, 2014)

80% of Ontarians agree that an active local arts scene helps communities attract business.

Impressions of the Impact of the Arts on Quality of Life and Well-Being in Ontario: Ontario Arts Council Survey Findings, by Nanos Research for the Ontario Arts Council, March 2017.

90% of Ontarians agree that an active local arts scene helps make a community a better place to live.

Impressions of the Impact of the Arts on Quality of Life and Well-Being in Ontario: Ontario Arts Council Survey Findings, by Nanos Research for the Ontario Arts Council, March 2017.

Spending on live performing arts was $1.4 billion which was more than double spending on live sports events ($650 million).

Survey of Household Spending, 2008

The average Ontario arts and culture tourist spends twice as much per trip as does a typical tourist – $667 per trip versus $374, and stays one night longer.

Ontario Arts and Culture Tourism Profile, by Research Resolutions & Consulting Ltd. for Ontario Arts Council, November 2012.
 

ASK YOUR CANDIDATES
ABOUT THESE ISSUES

We are committed to taking a constructive lead on issues that matter most to the cultural sector in Kawartha Lakes. Below, we outline practical solutions to current challenges facing the cultural sector and advocate for our electoral candidates to support them and for the incoming Council to adopt them. 

 

THEN TELL US WHAT YOU THINK

Click the box that applies to you and answer our questions about arts & culture. 

 
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NOW READ WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY

 
 
 
 

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

 
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Vote.

If you are a resident, owner or tenant of property in Ontario, a Canadian citizen and 18 years of age you can vote in the municipal and school board election. Learn more about where and when to vote here.

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Contact Your Candidates.

Send an email or write a letter to the mayoral candidates and the candidates running for office in your ward. Express your support of the ArtsVote platforms and ask the candidates to pledge to do the same. 

 
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Attend the
Town Hall. 

Attend a town hall forum on SEPTEMBER 27, 2018 at 7PM, located at the Academy Theatre in Lindsay to learn more about the mayoral candidates' positions on the cultural sector and the three platforms we are advocating for.   

The Evening Moderator is Roderick Benns. A resident of the City of Kawartha Lakes, Roderick Benns is the publisher of The Lindsay Advocate and an award winning author.

 

 
 
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