Art is undoubtedly known to bring joy, improve individual well-being, unify communities and strengthen the economy. Unlike other types of donations or fundraising programs, artistic programs have a social impact, they drive creativity, innovation and improve tourism while bringing revenue to local businesses. It is said that there are several health and well-being benefits associated with the arts that can improve self-efficacy, academic performance, and spread creative curiosity.
As a method to communicate values, the arts focus on cultural integration, the value of human experience and often lack the funding needed to offer this style of programming continuously. Although the benefits are well recorded, the lack of revenue gained through art creation is usually a reason that it lacks the proper funding to deliver these valuable goals. The arts community is working hard towards achieving the support required to continue providing these programs.
Why Support the Arts?
Artistic creation, collaboration and exhibition have been proven to provide several holistic benefits to the community, including increased communication, organization, and efficacy. Contributing to the cultural map of the city, artistic events are at the core of promoting integration, bringing communities together, reducing isolation and making people feel safer. Art has been proven to affect the fundamental sense of self, instilling positive values through stress relief, increased connectivity, while increasing the prevalence of feelings of empathy, tolerance and love. However, artistic programming, events and artists require more support than ever to continue manifesting these positive goals within the community.
Individuals, corporations and foundations can express their gratitude and passion for the goals of artistic programs by donating financial gifts to support the goals of museums, galleries and arts organizations throughout the city.
Donating to Arts
Many arts organizations run foundations that continuously work to generate funds to allocate to arts programming throughout the city. Donating to a foundation can ensure that investments and donations to the city are contributed towards performance, creation and learning across Canada. Giving to a foundation can instil a sense of pride, ensuring that every dollar spent enriches the lives of Canadians through the arts by championing the country’s artists, students and educators.
Corporate donors are invited to share their spirit and develop programming and unique funding opportunities that suit their contributions. Supporting the arts in Ottawa offers investors a chance to be on the ground floor of program development and ensure that investments render the results they are looking for. Sponsorship is an option for donors, allowing them to put their contributions behind specific efforts while supporting the organization itself and the careers of local artists.
Donating to the National Arts Centre supports the exhibition of artistic programming and community events. Support advocacy, artist exposure and new project creation by donating to the Ottawa Arts Council. Giving your aid to museums and galleries can help support the exposure of local artists while donating to the conservation of old works.
While some institutions or centres will offer individuals, foundations and corporations the opportunity to purchase plaques, named chairs, or develop awards in their name, many have a lifetime giving status that awards donors for their years of ongoing support. It is essential to choose the proper option for providing support as more substantial donations may be suitable for your needs.