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Arts Indicators

This is a list of indicators, specifically focused on the arts, that one could imagine emerging from a process of 'community efforts to track progress towards a desired future'.


Naturally, the main focus is on the connectedness of the arts community to wider communities and on the development of opportunities for community members to actively engage in arts practice. It is taken for granted that the natural desire to creatively express oneself would be a primary motive in the development of this framework. Support for the professional arts is nevertheless included but it is secondary to active community participation.

The reason this perspective has been adopted arises directly out of the Community Indicator movement (see notes at the conclusion) - indicators developed in areas such as governance, health, education and access to services have all manifested this desire for direct involvement as against an expectation that professional experts will determine, and provide, the necessities of life.

In other words, this is a framework based on assumptions about what the citizenry may want, rather than on assumptions about what a public authority should (or could) deliver.

The arts community's connections to larger community issues and expectations:

Community perceptions of the arts:
Community expectations of the arts community:
Connections across groups/boundaries:
Diversity of opportunities for arts participation, including opportunities for continuous and deepening participation:
Diversity of opportunities for youth and level and continuity of participation by youth:
The arts community's response to cultural diversity:
Vitality of arts offerings:
Health of the arts community:
Opportunities for vocational arts training:
Diversity of institutions involved in the arts, including non-traditional examples:
Arts community's engagement with celebration of heritage:
Sustainability of the arts community:
Municipal contribution:

This list originally appeared as an appendix in The Fourth Pillar in 2001. It was inspired by the 'community indicator movement' in general, and the RMC Research Corporation in particular. For more information see:
RMC Research Corporation
Community Indicators Consortium
Redefining Progress
Community Indicators Victoria

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