While sport and physical activity are widely acknowledged as important for good health, the links between arts and culture to health and wellbeing are less well understood and less frequently acknowledged. Kelly Hill's presentation reviewed research on the public health and well-being implications of recreational arts engagement, focusing on the landmark 2013 study Arts & Individual Wellbeing in Canada. The presentation also included a brief review of other studies on arts engagement and wellbeing, and participants discussed possible reasons for the positive associations between recreational arts engagement and health indicators.
Based on findings from the Statistical Insights on the Arts series, Kelly Hill presented information on arts attendance in Alberta, artists and cultural workers in the province, as well as information about the contributions of the arts to economic, social, and community well-being.
This report examines whether connections exist between Canadians’ cultural activities and their personal well-being. The data in the report show that there is a strong connection between cultural activities and indicators of health and well-being (such as health, mental health, volunteering, feeling stressed, and overall satisfaction with life).