Millennium Dreams: Arts, Culture, and Heritage in the Life of Communities

Authors

  • M. Sharon Jeannotte Department of Canadian Heritage

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2006v31n1a1747

Keywords:

Arts, Culture, Heritage, Communities, Canadian Cultural Observatory

Abstract

Abstract: Our Millennium was a special project of the Community Foundations of Canada to mark the new century. It used the occasion of the millennium to invite Canadians to make lasting “gifts” to their communities to make them better places. An assessment of the Our Millennium initiative noted the disproportionate number of projects that featured various aspects of arts, culture, and heritage. This study examines the linkages between the cultural capital embedded in the communities and the social capital that it generated. It investigates the nature of both the projects and the participants in them as well as the major social capital themes that the arts, culture, and heritage projects appeared to be supporting. It also explores the concept of “cultural citizenship,” locating it in the social and physical spaces in which civic engagement takes place. Résumé : Our Millennium est le nom d’un projet spécial de la Community Foundations of Canada, initié pour marquer le début d’un nouveau siècle. Profitant de l’avènement du prochain millénaire, ce projet propose à la population canadienne d’améliorer leurs communautés en faisant des dons susceptibles de perdurer. L’analyse de cette initiative souligne un nombre disproportionnel de programmes mettant l’accent sur divers aspects des arts, de la culture, et du patrimoine. Cette étude revoit les liens entre le capital culturel inscrit dans les communautés et le capital social généré. Il examine la nature des projets et des participants ainsi que les principaux thèmes de capital social que les projets en arts, en culture et en patrimoine semblent suggérer. Il explore aussi le concept d’appartenance culturelle, le situant dans les lieux sociaux et physiques de l’implication civique.

Author Biography

M. Sharon Jeannotte, Department of Canadian Heritage

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Published

2006-03-30