Cultural participation / Social benefits of culture

Volume 11 No 9 / February 13, 201313 February 2013

In this issue: Four reports from Canada and the US on cultural participation, public perceptions of the benefits of culture, the value of the performing arts in communities, and the correlation between arts participation, health, and well-being.


Are variations in rates of attending cultural activities associated with population health in the United States?

Arts Research Monitor

Based on a survey of 1,244 American adults, this research article finds that there is “significant association between cultural activities and self-reported health (SRH)”, even controlling for demographic factors.The statistical models pr… View this resource

The Arts and Individual Well-Being in Canada

Arts Research Monitor

Based on Statistics Canada’s General Social Survey of 2010, an in-depth telephone survey of about 7,500 Canadians 15 years of age or older, this report examines the connections between cultural activities and eight social indicators. A key find… View this resource

Interim Report of Findings

Arts Research Monitor

In addition to providing a profile of performing arts presenters and summarizing research into arts attendance in Canada, this report examines potential benefits of the arts, including impacts on the quality of life, well-being, social engagement, he… View this resource

Arts and Heritage in Canada: Access and Availability Survey 2012

Arts Research Monitor

Based on a survey of 1,001 Canadians 18 or older in June and July of 2012, this report examines Canadians’ attendance and personal involvement in the arts, culture, and heritage, as well as their perceptions regarding cultural activities and go… View this resource

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