The Australia Council has released the findings from the third National Arts Participation Survey. The survey confirms the significant and increasing value the arts has on the lives of Australians.
The data shows 98% of Australians engage with the arts and with much greater breadth and frequency than they realise. The report shows that Australians can have a narrow view of what is included in ‘the arts’, often excluding activities such as listening to music, reading and attending festivals.
More Australians now believe the arts reflect Australia’s cultural diversity and that they help shape Australia’s identity. 60% of Australians recognise the positive impact the arts have on their wellbeing and happiness as an individual and as a community.
Two thirds of Australians believe that the arts inform their understanding of other people and cultures and foster connections. Seven million Australians engage with First Nation arts, which is double the number since the 2009 survey
Other findings include:
75% of Australians believe the arts is an important component of education
8 in 10 people engage with the arts online, increasing from 5 in 10 in 2009 – music streaming is the largest contributor to this growth
9 million Australians attended arts festivals in 2016
1 in 4 Australians donated time or money to the arts sector