The Future Of Arts & Culture, Part 1
In part one of our two-part series on The Future Of Arts & Culture we explore the impact of the arts on our economy, the future of financing, careers, accessibility and more.
By ATB Financial 5 March 2021
The Future Of Arts and Culture is rapidly adapting to the changing landscape of financing and accessibility. In this series, ATB’s Chief Economist Todd Hirsch explores the importance of valuing and financing art in all forms with Derek Stevenson, Strategic Leader of ATB’s Branch for Arts and Culture. What might financing look like in the future for those interested in pursuing a career in the arts and why are the arts so important for our economy?
We also connect with Aritha van Herk, award-winning Canadian author. For writers and artists, COVID-19 presented both opportunities and challenges. New ways to access art and culture emerged but scope for further innovation remains.
Derek Stevenson, Strategic Leader of ATB’s Branch for Arts and Culture
As Strategic Leader of ATB’s Branch for Arts and Culture, Derek Stevenson is deeply connected to the world of financing and banking for artists and non-profits. This unique branch focuses on understanding the personal and business financial challenges artists face. In this episode, we explore the future of banking for artists, the importance of valuing the arts and the role arts and culture play in the Alberta economy and beyond.
Featuring Aritha van Herk. She is a Canadian writer, critic, editor and professor at the University of Calgary.
In this episode, we explore what the future might hold for artists and writers as new ways to experience art emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s apparent just how important this sector is, not only to the general public, but to the economy. We discuss how innovation could help address financing for art and culture, how an artist can thrive in the future and how to shift the conversation about the value of art.
"We’ve been heedless in our movement forward. Whether that’s the embrace of technology or the changes to the speed in which we are living and consuming. We have been forced to slow down, and when you slow down you immediately begin to think more deeply as opposed to on the surface."
Aritha van Herk
Writer, Critic, Editor, Professor at University of Calgary
About this series
Hear from leaders in the arts and culture space discuss the future of this sector and how COVID-19 impacted access to consuming art. What role do the arts play in the economy, how can we better value and fund art, and how can you make a successful career in this sector?
Hearing from those working in this space helps guide our understanding of what the future holds for artists, consumers and the economy. For artists and non-profits, ATB’s Branch for Arts & Culture focuses on understanding the unique personal and business financial challenges artists face. Members can access powerful, industry-specific banking services and career development resources.