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New research shows regional WA committed to the arts

10 Dec 2014

The Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) has released new research into participation and community attitudes towards the arts in Western Australia.

Arts in Daily Life: Western Australian participation in the arts is part of a research partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts, which released the national report, Arts in Daily Life: Australian Participation in the Arts in May 2014.

Research consultants Instinct and Reason were co-commissioned by the Department and the Australia Council to investigate levels of creative and receptive participation and any major differences between metropolitan and regional arts participation. The research also uncovered further community attitudes towards the arts including public funding and the impact on the arts in Western Australian communities.

With 94 per cent of Western Australians surveyed participating in the arts, DCA Director General Duncan Ord said it was pleasing to see such high levels of participation and that WA residents appreciated that the arts could have a positive impact on their lives in a variety of ways.

“These include child development, our ability to think creatively and develop new ideas, our ability to express ourselves, and our sense of wellbeing and happiness,” Mr Ord said.

“An interesting outcome of the research revealed that regional Western Australians were more likely to donate time and/or money than their metropolitan counterparts.”

The report also found that more regional Western Australians felt the arts had a big impact on community pride and identity and on attracting visitors to their community than their metropolitan counterparts.

Australia Council Chief Executive Officer Tony Grybowski said the national report, and a previous version undertaken in 2009, had been widely referenced by the media and the sector, providing valuable insights for a broad set of stakeholders, as well as affirming the fundamental place the arts have in our lives.

“One of the most positive findings in the national report was that 95 per cent of Australians have engaged with the arts in the past 12 months,” Mr Grybowski said.

“I’m pleased to see that the level of arts engagement in Western Australia is in line with the rest of Australia, which reinforces that the arts are an intrinsically important part of daily life in all parts of this country.”

A copy of the Arts in Daily Life: Western Australian participation in the arts and a fact sheet with key findings from the WA report can be found on the DCA Research Hub

A copy of the Arts in Daily Life: Australian Participation in the Arts can be found here.

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