Arts Research Monitor articles, category = Museums, galleries, visual arts and heritage

Two other provincial reports that were recently included in the Arts Research Monitor are:

This report examines the arts, culture and heritage activities of provincial residents in 2010, with comparisons to previous surveys in 1992, 1998 and 2005. Based on Statistics Canada's General Social Surveys in these years, the report finds that:

  • "All residents in each province participated in at least one arts, culture or heritage activity in 2010."

  • "In all provinces, participation in many arts, culture and heritage activities has increased over the past 18 years."

Based on the 2010 General Social Survey

Based on a survey of approximately 7,500 Canadians 15 years or older, this report finds that virtually "all Canadians participated in an arts, culture or heritage activity in 2010". In fact, 99.7% of Canadians 15 or older participated in at least one of the 18 arts, culture or heritage activities covered by the survey.

Based on a survey of 4,005 Americans 18 years of age or over, Culture Track 2011 examines attendance at visual and performing arts events, the attitudes and behaviours of cultural audiences, as well as the motivations and barriers that influence participation.

With the perspective that "we are witnessing a dynamic shift in [cultural] participation, both in amount and in form", this series of case studies was prepared to help arts organizations attract and engage new audiences, in order to help secure their artistic and financial sustainability.

(La fréquentation des institutions muséales au Québec en 2010, Optique culture, no 4)

The 431 Quebec museums, interpretive centres and exhibition spaces (excluding artist-run centres) responding to this survey had total attendance of 12.8 million in 2010, the highest level since the Observatoire began collecting such statistics in 2003. This number includes relatively large off-site attendance at Montreal museum events in public places in 2010. Excluding off-site exhibitions, total attendance was 11.9 million in 2010. This is close to the average for the past five years.

Statistics Canada recently released data on heritage institutions in 2009, including for-profit and not-for-profit heritage organizations such as art galleries, museums, historic sites, zoos and botanical gardens. The total revenues of all heritage organizations were $1.2 billion in 2009, a 3.1% increase from 2008.

Results from a 2011 Province-wide Study of the Arts Engagement Patterns of Ontario Adults

This report is based on a survey of 1,594 Ontario adults covering their personal practice, attendance and media-based consumption of 45 different arts activities. The report challenges "the arts community and its funders to consider the totality of engagement when looking to increase participation" and concludes that "increasing arts engagement in Ontario will require making new connections between different parts of the ecosystem and tapping into deep veins of cultural value".

Based on a compilation and analysis of existing statistics, this report provides detailed information about the cultural sector labour market, including seven cultural domains: "live performing arts; film, radio, TV, and broadcasting; music; heritage; books and periodicals; visual arts and crafts; and interactive digital media". The report outlines information about cultural occupations and employers, the cultural sector's economic situation, the financial performance of the seven cultural domains, as well as data challenges and opportunities. While most of the information is national in scope, the report does provide some provincial tables.

Based on a literature review, 39 key informant interviews, 15 focus group sessions and an online survey (completed by 2,698 cultural workers and employers), this report identifies key trends and issues regarding human resources in Canada's cultural sector and provides recommendations for addressing human resource challenges.