Arts Research Monitor articles, category = Arts attendance & participation

Evidence from the Taking Part survey on how childhood involvement in the arts affects arts engagement in adulthood

This report examines the relationship between childhood arts experiences and adult arts participation, based on a survey of 13,500 English adults who were asked to recall their childhood arts experiences. Overall, the report found that "being exposed to arts events and encouraged to participate in arts activities when growing up indeed makes a positive contribution to the chances of people developing a life-long interest in and active relationship with the arts".

Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies

Based on four longitudinal datasets, this American report examines the association between in-depth arts engagement and academic or civic outcomes for at-risk youth. The report notes that high-arts students fare at least as well as low-arts students on almost all indicators of academic achievement and civic engagement, and significantly better than low-arts students on a number of indicators.

This report and two presentations were prepared by Kelly Hill using data submitted by 50 members of Orchestras Canada. Total revenues of the 50 orchestras equalled $158 million in 2010-11, with earned revenues accounting for the largest share (37%), followed by government revenues (34%) and private sector fundraising (29%). The breakdown of revenues by source remained fairly stable between 2004-05 and 2010-11.

Statistics Canada's annual performing arts survey provided brief text highlights and preliminary data of the situation of performing arts organizations in 2010. Hill Strategies has analyzed the detailed data, with a particular focus on not-for-profit organizations, for this issue of the Arts Research Monitor. Operating revenues were $1.55 billion for all performing arts groups in 2010, an 11.0% increase from 2009. In 2010, not-for-profit performing arts organizations in Canada had operating revenues of $752 million, representing 49% of the $1.55 billion sector total and an 8.8% increase from 2009.

This report examines demographic and motivational factors in theatre, dance and classical music attendance in Boston, Seattle, and Minneapolis-St. Paul based on surveys conducted in 2002. The researchers created statistical models to investigate similarities and differences in factors in attendance between the three cities and the three art forms.

This qualitative research paper investigated "the complex motivations of theatre audiences" based on "40 semi-structured in-depth interviews" with "highly theatre-literate" audience members in Britain and Australia. The study found that "the key motivating factor for respondents was the pursuit of emotional experiences and impact". More specifically, "the vast majority of respondents talked at some length about their emotional response to theatre", using descriptions such as "tense", "moving", "harrowing", "powerful" and "hitting an emotional chord". The author indicates that "emotion emerged as a powerful drug which keeps theatre audiences coming back for more".

Arguing that "the effects of globalization and the digital environment present an important challenge for cultural policies and institutions", this recent conference brought together experts from Canada, Europe, and the United States in order to "allow participants to review the traditional model of cultural development, with particular emphasis on the cultural behaviour of immigrant populations and of younger generations".

The Value of Presenting: A Study of Arts Presentation in Canada

This report examines Canadians' performing arts participation based on a combination online and telephone survey of 1,031 adults. When asked "How often have you attended performing arts performances by professional artists over the past 12 months?", 75% of respondents indicated that they attended at least once.

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

The Vital Signs series provides local information about a range of social issues, including the arts. The arts-related information in the Vital Signs series examines performing arts and festival participation rates in eight Census Metropolitan Areas in five provinces (Victoria, Kelowna, Calgary, Sudbury, Hamilton, Toronto, Montreal and Saint John). This information is based on a special request from Statistics Canada's 2010 General Social Survey.