Creativity influences how people shape their lifestyles, form their identities and express their sense of self and community. Artists and arts and culture organizations make their communities more desirable places to live and work.
They provide inspiration and enjoyment to residents, beautify shared public spaces, and strengthen the social fabric of our communities.
Arts and culture help make communities stronger, improving quality of life and providing activities that increase community profile and support community pride.
Numerous reports indicate both a high degree of public support for and involvement in the arts and culture community.
Arts and Heritage in Canada: Access and Availability Survey 2012 Prepared for the Department of Canadian Heritage November 2012, prepared by Phoenix Strategic Perspectives:
- Most surveyed Canadians (83%) attended at least one type of live performance or arts event in the past year.
- 57% of respondents said they were personally involved in at least one artistic activity in the last 12 months.
- Two-thirds (66%) of respondents feel that arts and cultural events are important in terms of quality of life for them and their families.
- Arts and culture make a community a better place to live (92%).
- Arts experiences are valuable in bringing together people from different languages and cultural traditions (92%).
- Arts are an important way of helping people think and work creatively (92%).
- Canadian actors, musicians, writers and other artists are among the best in the world (90%).
- Exposure to arts and culture is important to individual well-being (90%).
- Arts and cultural activities are important to a community's economic well-being. (86%).