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Why should I get involved?

Or, why should I spend an hour of my time contributing to this study?

We are a group of researchers who think art and artists make a difference in peoples’ lives. The recent global economic downturn has impacted many people in different parts of the world. Artists have been hit especially hard, not only through government budget cuts, but also through decline of personal revenues.

This may or may not be true in your case. That’s why we would like to hear your story. In this survey, you will see a significant number of open-ended questions that allow you to express your experience in your own words rather than forcing you to simply select options from a pre-defined list. There are a number of close-ended questions as well that should speed up the process of completing this survey.

We know you are busy, but your experience is important. By downloading this survey, you can work on it at your own pace, saving it to your hard-drive to complete at any time. As a way of saying thank-you, we will enter all participants into a draw to win 10 chances at $50. As well, we will make available to you a report highlighting the survey findings, upon request.

Click here to go to the SFU Centre for Policy Studies on Culture and Communities webpage for full information.

Right-click and choose Save As… to download the Interactive PDF survey to your hard-drive.

Send your completed survey as an email attachment to cmnsart@sfu.ca. Deadline is July 31, 2010.

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Kelowna’s creative sector generates $37.8 million in wages annually and has an annual economic impact of $143.8 million. Those are just two of the key findings in a new economic impact study led by Bernard Momer, associate professor of geography at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

The Creative Sector in Kelowna, British Columbia: An Economic Impact Assessment follows up on a 1998 assessment of the contribution of arts and culture to the economy of the wider Central Okanagan region.

“As it was in 1998, Kelowna’s creative sector is an important contributor to the local economy,” says Momer. “This impact assessment demonstrates that the creative sector’s economic contribution to our community is significant and, by extension, that it enriches our social and cultural capital.”

The new assessment — which began in early 2009 and included a survey of creative sector businesses, individuals and organizations — was completed in February, and was presented Wednesday morning at Art at Work: Kelowna’s Creative Economy, a business breakfast panel discussion at the Coast Capri Hotel, hosted by the City of Kelowna’s Cultural Services Branch.

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