Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture

Sculpture of woman playing violin on George StreetThe arts community in St. John’s is creative, dynamic and widely recognized. The arts sector plays an integral role in the economy and quality of life of the city, region and province.

In the last 30 years, St. John’s has enjoyed an explosion of artistic activity, which is being supported more than ever before. Through cultural policy development at the federal, provincial and corporate levels, and through the initiative of artists and artists turned administrators, there are more art galleries, theatres, live performance bars, recording studios, artists studios, companies and organizations who develop, present and sell art in St. John's than cities far larger. Most of this artistic activity takes place on Water Street and Duckworth Street from Plank Road to Quidi Vidi Battery. With each year, more studios and live/work studios are being created in the older neighbourhoods adjacent to the downtown core. This naturally occurring cultural corridor is advantageous for artists. By operating at close quarters, artists support, collaborate and sustain each other.

The St. John's metro area has a higher percentage of its labour force in arts occupations (0.98 per cent) than the Canadian average (0.77 per cent). The St. John's labour force also has a higher percentage of cultural workers (3.9 per cent) than Canada (3.3 per cent).

The City of St. John's has identified the arts as a strategic sector in Roadmap 2021: A Strategic Economic Plan for St. John's. The City has also adopted a Municipal Arts Plan