The arts have been a part of Canmore’s daily life since its inception. In 1890, the H.W. MacNeill Co. (the contractor operating the coal mines) established a brass band to entertain residents. In 1898, its members built a practise hall on the Bow River. This rough hall became known as the Canmore Opera House, and is believed to be the only log opera house in the world.
With so many worthwhile causes seeking support, it can be challenging to decide where your support will have the most impact. Why choose the arts?
Research, including a McKinsey & Company report commissioned by Business for the Arts in Canada, continues to uphold the social importance and the economic impact of the arts. Some of the key findings included suggest the arts:
• builds stronger communities, with a heart and vibrant soul
• contributes to an improved quality of life
• brings people together, and promotes community engagement and interaction
• grows a shared identity and pride
• stimulates and sustains local economic growth
• contributes to increased tourism
• helps to engage new members of the community
• helps realize the potential of children: arts education helps children develop higher level skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, a stronger overall academic performance, and increased self-confidence - with the decline of arts education in schools, there is a greater demand for cultural activities in the community