A couple of statistics about the arts:
- According to a survey of 18,000 Americans in 2008, “American adults who attend art museums, art galleries, or live arts performances are far more likely than non-attendees to vote, volunteer, or take part in community events.” (read here for the full report)
- “Canadian consumers spent over $27 billion on cultural goods and services in 2008. The $27.4 billion in consumer spending on culture in Canada represents $841 for every Canadian resident. Consumer spending on culture is three times larger than the $9.2 billion spent on culture by all levels of government in 2007/08.” (Hill Strategies report)
- According to the Canada Council for the Arts, the median earnings of an artist in Canada is $12,900 per year.
- And one final quote that I enjoyed: “Culture provides a means to be entertained, celebrate commonalities and differences, express individuality, feel a sense of attachment and experience artistic expression.” (page 36 from this Hill Strategies report on the social effects of culture)
My art project for the day:
Today was a very long day at work and the only thing I really wanted to do when I got home was sleep. Begrudgingly I got out the oil pastels I bought at the dollar store (yes, the top-of-the-line pastels), found my sketch book and started to experiment (I’ve never used oil pastels before). I looked up some tips online of how to use them. I spent two hours drawing flowers, wine bottles and me. I’m so glad I did. I actually feel better having done it than if I’d had a nap. And my hand-eye coordination is great right now! See below for my self-portrait and one of my other drawings.