On November 20th 2014, Culture Days and CAPACOA were presented Hard Facts VS Proverbial Truths: The Impact of Arts and Culture on Canadian Citizens and Communities. This provocative Oxford-style debate on the economic/data-driven and intrinsic impact and value of arts and cultural participation was moderated by Simon Brault, O.C., O.Q., Director and CEO, Canada Council for the Arts, and pit Alain Dubuc, O.C., award winning economic journalist from La Presse up against Shawn van Sluys, Executive Director of the Musagetes Foundation.
The debate motion for discussion was as follows: "For arts and culture to be fully valued by society, their impact must be demonstrated with hard facts."
The program was part of the inaugural Community Knowledge Exchange Summit (CKX) organized the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada and a growing network of partners.
The debate generated profound insights and ignited discussion on how we understand and assess the value and consequent impact of arts and cultural participation on citizens and communities of all sizes across Canada.