Fast Facts

  • 81% of Albertans attended an arts event or activity in 2014. (Source: Culture and Community Services Annual Survey of Albertans on Culture, Leger Marketing, 2015)

  • 89% of Albertans feel arts activities are important in contributing to the overall quality of life in their community. (Source: Culture and Community Services Annual Survey of Albertans on Culture, Leger Marketing, 2015)

  • 86% of Albertans feel it is important that the Government of Alberta continues to fund and support the arts. (Source: Culture and Community Services Annual Survey of Albertans on Culture, Leger Marketing, 2015)

  • 54% of Albertans actively participated or performedin an arts activity or program at least once in 2014. (Source: Culture and Community Services Annual Survey of Albertans on Culture, Leger Marketing, 2015)

  • In 2012-13, total attendance at arts events hosted by AFA funded organizations reached 6.8 million—around 3.9 million paid attendees and 2.9 million unpaid attendees. (Source: Arts Impact Alberta 2014: Ripple Effects from the Arts Sector, Alberta Foundation for the Arts)

  • Each year, about 50,000 Albertans volunteer for the arts organizations that receive operational funding from the AFA. (Source: Arts Impact Alberta 2014: Ripple Effects from the Arts Sector, Alberta Foundation for the Arts)

  • Albertans’ cultural spending is the highest of all provinces at $963 per resident, 15% higher than the Canadian average of $841. (Source: Consumer Spending on Culture in Canada, the Provinces and 12 Metropolitan Areas in 2008)