Cape Dorset as artsy as it gets

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One in four workers in Cape Dorset works in the arts, making that hamlet statistically the most artistic municipality in Canada.

The news comes from Artists in Small and Rural Municipalities in Canada, a report produced by Hill Strategies Research this month.

In total, Dorset has 110 carvers or printmakers out of 485 working people, or 23 per cent of the labour force. That’s more than double the ratio of artists to workers in the second most artistic municipality of Squamish-Lillooet, an electoral district located between Vancouver and Whistler.

The percentage of artists in Dorset is almost 30 times the national average of 0.8 per cent.

The report notes that the arts contribute to quality of life and economic vitality in small towns, a press release said. A strong artistic community leads to “pride of place,” enhancing the whole community’s well-being.

The report was funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Ontario Arts Council.

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