Participation in the Arts

Why This Matters

The arts are a critical element of any community’s social vitality. The arts help define our identity, they attract tourists and residents, and give life to the community. Extracurricular activities, including the arts, have been shown to reduce the likelihood of participants to join gangs. The arts contribute significantly to the economy – Canadian exports of cultural products were valued at almost $1.3 billion in 2010 (Statistics Canada 2012).

Measurement and Limitations

Figures are based on self-reported statistics from organizations that applied for funding to the Winnipeg Arts Council each year.

The Winnipeg Arts Council funds almost every cultural event in Winnipeg, and keeps audience statistics reported by the host organizations. Since some cultural events are not counted in these totals the actual number of participants is higher. These figures do not include museums.

Data Source

Winnipeg Arts Council, upon request

This data is updated annually as it becomes available.


Statistics Canada (2012):


Participation in the Arts Sustainable Development Goals

11. Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
11. Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

11. Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Cities are hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity, social development and much more. At their best, cities have enabled people to advance socially and economically.

However, many challenges exist to maintaining cities in a way that continues to create jobs and prosperity while not straining land and resources. Common urban challenges include congestion, lack of funds to provide basic services, a shortage of adequate housing and declining infrastructure.

The challenges cities face can be overcome in ways that allow them to continue to thrive and grow, while improving resource use and reducing pollution and poverty. The future we want includes cities of opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.

Related Participation in the ArtsTargets


Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage