Tim Potocic from SuperCrawl appeared before City Council this week and presented a glowing report about the success of this years SuperCrawl festival.He talked about the significant economic impact the festival creates and even shared some aggressive plans to expand the festival, all of it, good news.
Highlighting the economic impact was a smart move, because , at some point, the SuperCrawl folks will be asking the City for more moneyand frankly, they should get it.
But, so should a number of other Arts and Culture groups; Hamilton is woefully underfunding an Arts and Culture sector that has proven to be an economic driver.
Not just one time festivals like SuperCrawl and Festival of Friends, but on- going attractions such as Theatre Aquarius, Opera Hamilton and the HPO need more support from the City.
And, as Tim Potocic from SuperCrawl reminded City Councilors, healthy financial support from the City attracts larger corporate and government support , which enhances the level of talent in the shows, which increases attendance from near and far, which is good for our local economy.
It’s not a debatable issue any more; cities that invest heavily in Arts and Culture not only improve the quality of life for their citizens, but they get a huge return on their investment.
If Hamilton wants a piece of that action, the City needs to put their money where their mouth is.