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Wednesday, 15 January 2014 13:20

2013 was an excellent year for the arts in Swift Current

Written by  Shann Gowan
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The arts and heritage sector in the City of Swift Current had an incredibly successful year in 2013 and we are proud of our contribution to the quality of life and economic activity in the City of Swift Current and Southwest Saskatchewan.  

We strongly believe that arts and heritage are essential to the creation and sustenance of a thriving, vital community, and that the arts should be available to all people. We know arts and heritage play a crucial part in the economic, social, environmental, health, and educational future of Swift Current and Saskatchewan to ensure it is, indeed, among the very best places to live, work and play. 
The arts and heritage are the foundation of a civil society.  Furthermore it is arts and heritage that determine the success of a society. 
“Those communities that are richest in their artistic tradition are also those that are the most progressive in their economic performance and most resilient and secure in their economic structure.” (Economist John Kenneth Galbraith.)
Research proves arts education help keep students in school, and prepare students for careers of the 21st century.  The fundamental shifts in local and global economies require workers who are highly entrepreneurial, collaborative, innovative, imaginative, creative and focused. These are the traits the arts teach.
Swift Current’s arts and heritage sector is a $3 million industry with 26 full-time equivalent jobs.  Arts involvement and infrastructure increases the City’s capacity to attract and retain businesses, residents and visitors, improve our quality of life and broaden the tax base. Arts and heritage events and services attract tourists and out-of-town visitors to our community and provide important social and creative outlets for all our residents. The arts also bring people of diverse backgrounds together in productive and co-operative ways.
We are working hard to provide high-quality events and services, and to play our role in the health of our community. We program arts and heritage events because we firmly believe exposure to high-quality performing and visual art experiences improve people’s lives. Together, our activities help grow our community, improve our civic image and instill pride in our community and southwest Saskatchewan.
We know we are succeeding in our mission to provide high-quality events and services because in 2013, Art Gallery of Swift Current, Chinook Regional Library, Cultural Festivals, The Lyric Theatre and the Swift Current Museum had a combined audience attendance of more than 82,000 patrons at almost 700 events. Over 900 dedicated volunteers contributed almost 10,000 hours to help us provide events and services.
We would like to thank everyone for their support. The volunteers, sponsors, supporters, ticket buyers, participants and funders are all important to the health of the community’s arts and heritage sector. 
We believe there is no joy that can compare to that of the enjoyment of good music, art, drama and literature. Come and check out what we have to offer in 2014.

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