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

Participation in arts is a measure of the number of participants in cultural events in Winnipeg.

Participation in the Arts Sustainable Development Goals

3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development. Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality. Major progress has been made on increasing access to clean water and sanitation, reducing malaria, tuberculosis, polio and the spread of HIV/AIDS. However, many more efforts are needed to fully eradicate a wide range of diseases and address many different persistent and emerging health issues.