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5.05 Leisure activities and parks are often catalysts that build strong, self-sufficient, and sustainable communities. (recreation, sport, arts, culture)

  1. Found: 25-36 of 101 entries
  2. A Review of Out-of-School Time Program Quasi-Experimental and Experimental Evaluation Results
    2003 - USA

    Evaluations of out-of-school-time (OST) programs link participation in programs to improvements in academic achievement, anti-social behaviour and positive youth development.

  3. Our City, Ourselves: A Cultural Landscape Assessment of Kelowna, British Columbia
    2011 - Canada

    Culture is no longer simply a mirror that reflects who we are, but also a tool that can help us achieve the goals of a community.  Whether considering the input, supply, outcome or the three types...

  4. Creating Community: Celebrations, Arts and Wellbeing Within and Across Local Communities
    2006 - Australia

    The arts and other forms of creativity can have diffuse and quite profound social outcomes in the contemporary world. They can generate a deeper sense of place that contextualizes a local sense of...

  5. Community views of ecotourism
    2008 - England

    Ecotourism’s real connection to conservation comes through participation in ownership and management of ecotourism ventures by the community, rather than through economic benefits alone.

  6. An integrated methodology to assess the benefits of urban green space
    2004 - Belgium

    “Benefits of Urban Green Space (BUGS) is a methodology to assess the impact of green space and settlement patterns on urban environmental quality and social well-being and to formulate...

  7. Community Gardens in Upstate New York: Implications for Health Promotion and Community Development
    2000 - USA

    Community gardens provide participants with access to fresh foods and nature, and health benefits. They also help improve individual psychological well being and social relations. 

  8. People, land and sustainability: Community gardens
    2001 - USA

    Urban green spaces and community gardens can be very positively linked to the implementation of Local Agenda and sustainability policies and at the same time used to promote environmental equity.

  9. Does cultural activity make a difference to community capacity? A key question addressed by the smal
    2003 - Australia

    "... a community’s capacity to act requires knowledge, skills, trust, cooperation and motivation." "It has clearly been the involvement of artists which has unleashed community aspirations and...

  10. Singing alone? The contribution of cultural capital to social cohesion and sustainable communities
    2003 - Canada

    Cultural participation "helps to connect individuals to the social spaces occupied by others and encourages “buy in” to institutional rules and shared norms of behavior. Without this “buy in”,...

  11. Artful business: Using the arts for community economic development
    2004 - USA

    'Four typologies of arts-based community development approaches have been identified: business incubator programs, cooperatives, tourist venues, and comprehensive approaches.  Regardless of the...

  12. Creating community. Celebrations, arts and wellbeing within and across local communities
    2006 - Australia

    "In all four communities, the most effective local events and activities took account of the specificity’s of place and of the importance of a sense of place for effective community arts practice....

  13. Arts Research Monitor
    2008 - Canada

    Performing arts attendees have positive indicators of social engagement:

    • They volunteer for non‐profit organizations at almost twice the rate of non-attendees
    • They donate money or goods to...

Leadership Provided By:

  • Leisure Information Network (LIN)
  • Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

On Behalf Of:

  • Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRAA)

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