Artists Lost 28,000 Jobs
In 2020, Canadian artists lost a total of 28,491 gigs due to COVID- 19. This resulted in $20,050,521 total income lost in 2020 for Canadian Artists. A large portion of lost gigs were performances, but initiatives including education, festivals, and outreach were also greatly affected.
25% employment drop in the arts
Employment in the arts, entertainment and recreation sector [NAICS 71] fell from 450,500 in 2019 to 336,100 jobs in 2020. That’s a 25.4% drop for employment in the arts in Canada. Arts and culture workers anticipate a recovery period of at least 18 months.
Art Improves Community
According to a recent survey, 90% of Ontario residents agreed that an active local arts scene helps make a community a better place to live and 88% of Ontario residents believed that if their community lost its arts activities, people living there would lose something of value.
Support the Kingston Arts Council
Consider making a one-time, monthly or annual donation to help support the Kingston Arts Council in our mission to provide strategic leadership and services for the arts and reach our vision of a Kingston where:
► the arts are understood to be essential to our community’s health and vitality;
► people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities experience, value and see themselves reflected in the arts;
► all those who wish to participate in the arts have the resources and opportunities to do so;
► artists and arts workers are able to build sustainable careers; and
► our arts sector, artists, arts workers and arts organizations are thriving and recognized locally and nationally for their efforts, talents and innovation.
Donations can be made through Canada Helps here.
If you’d like to make a donation by cheque, please mail to:
Kingston Arts Council
370 King Street West, Unit 115
All donations are eligible for a tax receipt.