After 5 years since its inception, there is every indication that Culture Days is taking firm root in more communities and attracting an ever-increasing number of Canadians to discover the wealth and diversity of artistic and cultural activities available in their community.
According to independent research conducted nationally following the milestone 5th Anniversary edition on September 26, 27 & 28, 2014, Culture Days is beginning to have measurable impact in encouraging the year-round participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. During the 2014 Culture Days weekend, 2 million Canadians participated in 7,643 free activities hosted in 891 cities and towns across Canada.
Those who attended Culture Days activities in 2014 and at least one other Culture Days event in 2010, 2011, 2012 and/or 2013 reported that as a result of their experience, they attended more arts and cultural events (57%), became a fan of an artist or cultural organization (37%), visited more art galleries or craft studios (39%), and took on more volunteer with an arts or cultural organization (29%).
On the question of the benefits of arts and cultural participation, 73% of respondants described it as an enrichment of their lives, half claimed that it provided them with a better sense of other cultures, and one in three agreed that it helped their local economy.*
Take a look at this infographic summarizing Culture Days’ results and impact 2014.