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Australia Council highlights the significance of arts and creativity for Australians
New research from the Australia Council - Creating Our Future: Results of the National Arts Participation Survey - shows growing numbers of Australians consider arts and creativity build social cohesion and support health, education and the future economy, critical areas as our nation recovers from the impact of COVID-19.
The research highlights that Australia is a creative nation: nearly every Australian – 98% of us – engage with arts and culture. An increasing majority of Australians acknowledge the positive impacts of arts and creativity on our lives and our communities (84% up from 75% in 2016).
Creating Our Future: Results of the National Arts Participation Survey is the fourth report in a landmark series spanning over a decade that examines Australians’ attitudes towards and engagement with arts and culture.
Conducted immediately prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the survey results also provide important information as the nation works toward recovery.
Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, Paul Fletcher welcomed the report and said that arts and creativity make a profound contribution to the lives of all Australians.
Minister Fletcher notes “the arts contribute a myriad of positive benefits to our society, including direct economic benefits to the tourism and education sectors, and less tangible, yet significant benefits for our mental health and wellbeing – all areas that will be critical as our nation recovers from the COVID-19 crisis and looks to the future.”
With arts education under massive financial pressure, Executive Director Advocacy and Development, Dr Wendy Were said the report underscores the enormous social, cultural and economic value of the arts to all Australians.
Dr Were advises “Australians have told us, in increasing numbers, just how much the arts enrich, support and expand their lives. With our current focus on mental health, social connection and consumer confidence, the sustaining nature of our connections with and through creativity – the very participation this study measures – is more important than ever. This research shows just what is at stake, and highlights the crucial role of arts and creativity as we seek to bring life back into our cities, regions, and economy.”
The research also shows more Australians support public funding for the arts (63%, up 12 percentage points) and have clear priorities for investment, including ensuring access to the arts and creative experiences for young people to support learning and development.
It shows digital engagement with the arts was growing, even prior to COVID-19, along with live attendance, highlighting the potential for digital technologies to break down barriers to access.
Many of the survey results highlight the critical role of arts and creativity for Australia’s future success, through contributions to child development, education, local businesses and skills for the future.
Dr Were adds “One in two Australians now believe the arts build the creative skills that will be necessary for the future workforce. Almost three quarters see it as a crucial part of education. While we face an uncertain future, we can be sure that arts and creativity have a significant role in helping us all navigate rapid change, and in building a happy, healthy and thriving society.”
•84% of Australians recognise the impacts of arts and creativity, and there is growing recognition of the value of the arts across a range of areas including:
- child development (63%, up 13 percentage points)
- our sense of wellbeing and happiness (56%, up 11 percentage points)
- dealing with stress, anxiety or depression (56%, up 11 percentage points)
- understanding other people and cultures (60%, up eight percentage points)
- bringing customers to local businesses (41%, up nine percentage points)
- One in two Australians believe the arts build creative skills that will be necessary for the future workforce (47%, new in 2019).
•Nearly every Australian – 98% of us – engage in the arts in some way.
•Prior to COVID-19, live attendance at arts events was thriving. More than two in three Australians attended the arts in person in 2019 (68%), up nearly ten percentage points since 2016.
•More than one in three Australians connect with, and share, their cultural background through arts and creativity (36%), including by attending arts events (31%).
•A growing majority of Australians (75%) feel that First Nations arts are an important part of Australia’s culture, and both attendance (32%) and interest (40%) are increasing. However only half feel that First Nations arts are well represented.
•Young people (15-24) are highly engaged, more likely than other age groups to recognise the impacts of the arts and creativity, and more willing to give time and money to the arts.
•Support for public funding for the arts is strong and growing (63%, up 12 percentage points) and Australians have clear priorities for investment, including ensuring access to the arts and creative experiences for young people to support learning and development.
To access the report click here
Image: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child first preview audience, at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne 19th January 2019. Courtesy of Australia Council. Credit: Tim Carrafa.
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