Musagetes (Guelph), The J.W. McConnell Foundation (Montreal), and the Breuninger Stiftung (Berlin) share a belief in the "value of the arts in making our communities and cities livable, just, beautiful, and resilient."
Since these organizations recognize the need for deeper thinking about how the arts make our cities more resilient, they decided to collaborate to convene a group of people for a few days this past summer on Wasan Island in the Canadian Muskokas. Most of the 36 participants came from Canada, with others from Europe, South America, and the United States. The group was comprised of artists and cultural workers, representatives of private and community foundations, as well as public arts funders, architects, environmentalists, publishers, and academics working on sustainable business, community sustainability, and arts and social change.
A paper titled “The Art of Resilience, the Resilience of Art” was generated by the participants and is meant as one anchor document for the emerging Cities for People network that is focussed on cross-sectoral resilience in cities. According to the paper:
... in addition to the necessary work of fortifying physical infrastructure and upgrading emergency response procedures, planners, policy makers, social innovators, and investors seeking to adapt our environmental, social, and economic systems must include culture as an essential fourth dimension of resilience and livability.
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