Will You Be Participating in Culture Days?

Culture Days is returning for its second year on September 30, October 1 and 2. According to the website, Culture Days is  a collaborative pan-Canadian volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. A national Steering Committee, together with provincial committees (known as Provincial Task Forces) self-mobilize at the grassroots level to implement concurrent, annual, province-wide public participation events that take place throughout the country over the last weekend of September. The first annual Culture Days event was held in September 2010 in over 700 Canadian cities and towns and, by all accounts, was a great success.

here’s the Globe and Mail article that got me to thinking: Culture Days returns.

One one hand, any access to the arts is a wonderful thing. By being a free event across the country that embraces all disciplines, it allows anyone and everyone to participate in art, maybe try out a skill they’ve always wanted to, or didn’t know they had. And maybe it will ignite an interest in the companies and artists who are participating. Which is what our sweeping goal is right? Maybe it will.

The website has a list of reasons to participate. All of the valid:

As an activity organizer, you can participate in the collective Culture Days movement happening across the country and here are the reasons to do so.

They are all excellent reasons, and excellent means to an end of shining a light on the arts.  It does a lot of good in communities, neighbourhood and towns where art is hidden.So it is valuable.

Personally i am a data geek. I love the stuff. So phrases like “by all accounts was a great success” aren’t enough info for me. Whose accounts? The participants? The public? What is a ‘great success?” It’s one of the challenges of working in the arts – quantifying the qualitative.

My questions are always the ones that would require some analysis. How much work did a company have to do to participate? Did it lead to things like ticket purchases, website hits, magazine subscriptions, social media WOM like tweets and Facebook postings from the public?  Was it worth it?

I’d love to hear from people who did participate, and hear from them what they felt worked, and what they think they got out of participating. Drop me a line or a comment and let me know.

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