SPARC: New study on the arts in rural communities examines three regions in Canada

September 21, 2016

New study on the arts in rural communities examines three regions in Canada.

Findings to be launched at the SPARC Symposium, Pinestone Resort & Conference Centre, Haliburton, Ontario,October 27 – 30, 2016

Whitehorse, Yukon – “The specific characteristics of the performing arts eco-system matters to whether it can fuel vibrant rural communities.” With this hypothesis in mind, Inga Petri investigates whether there are common criteria or success indicators for building a sustainable, rural arts community. This exploratory research draws on existing literature about arts in rural communities as well as Inga Petri’s work with organizations in rural communities from coast to coast to coast. In this initial phase of the study she focuses on communities that were founded on one type of economy, usually based on natural resources, and that are seeking to build a new, diverse economy.

Inga Petri has been examining three distinct rural communities in Canada: Haliburton County, Ontario; Temiskaming Shores, Ontario; and Wells, BC.

Inga Petri will present findings from this new study for the first time at the SPARC Symposium taking place in Haliburton from October 27 to 30, 2016.

 About Inga Petri and SPARC

Inga presented a well-received keynote at the first SPARC Symposium in April 2014 on “Co-creating a Culture of Place in Rural Communities.” SPARC invited Inga to co-facilitate the SPARC Network Summit in November 2014. Inga’s ongoing consulting practice includes working with small, rural and remote communities to help strengthen local capacities and capabilities.

A key goal of the SPARC 2016 Symposium (a project of the SPARC Network) is to create an environment where people can network: exchange ideas, find opportunities for collaboration, discuss solutions to tricky problems and identify BIG ideas. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet people engaged in the performing arts from rural communities throughout the province and across the country.

Whether your goals are professional development, learning strategies to attract new audiences, innovative approaches to sustainability, opportunities for information exchange, or developing creative methods for marketing campaigns or mentoring programs, it is SPARC’s belief that this year’s program will facilitate them.


About Strategic Moves

Strategic Moves was founded in 2007 by Inga Petri as an independent consultancy that operates at the crossroads of research, strategy and marketing. Strategic Moves is nationally recognized for the landmark study on The Value of Presenting:  A Study of Performing Arts Presentation in Canada; ©2013; commissioned by the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA) and for providing strategic insight, championing contemporary marketing practices, and delivering practical training in the arts sector. In addition to its long-established Ottawa office, Strategic Moves opened an office in Whitehorse, Yukon in 2015.