Arts Participation: Arts Research Monitor 17.10


Vol. 17 No 10  |  March 2019 | © Hill Strategies Research Inc., 2019  |  ISSN 1708-170X

 Arts participation

In this issue: A focus on participation in the arts, culture, and heritage, including summaries of three Canadian reports as well as a survey of elder British residents.

Canadians’ Arts, Culture, and Heritage Participation in 2016

Also: Demographic Patterns in Canadians’ Arts Participation in 2016

Hill Strategies Research Inc., November 2018 and February 2019

Two recent reports from Hill Strategies examine Canadians’ participation in the arts, culture, and heritage based on Statistics Canada’s 2016 General Social Survey. The broadest participation indicators show that, in 2016: 99.5% of Canadians participated in the arts, culture, and heritage in some way; 86% of Canadians attended at least one arts activity; 77% read at least one book; and 70% visited at least one heritage site.

More Canada: Increasing Canadians’ awareness and reading of Canadian books

The More Canada Think Tank, December 2018

Based on a review of existing research and “think tank sessions on Canadian books and Canadian publishing” between December 2017 and September 2018, this report concludes that there is a paradox related to Canadian English-language books: “despite the presence of a burgeoning writing community and a stable, successful publishing industry, there is a steady decline in the reading and purchasing of Canadian-authored books by the Canadian public.”.

Older People Poll

Arts Council England, January 2016

Based on a survey of 700 English residents over 65 years of age in 2015, this report found that 38% of respondents believe that “it is more difficult to attend or take part in arts and cultural events or activities now compared to when they were younger”.

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