Fast Facts

  • 90% of Albertans attended or participated in an arts event or activity in 2011. (Source: Alberta Culture Annual Survey of Albertans on Culture, Leger Marketing, 2011)

  • 91% of Albertans feel arts activities are important in contributing to the overall quality of life in their community. (Source: Alberta Culture Annual Survey of Albertans on Culture, Leger Marketing, 2011)

  • 88% of Albertans feel it is important that the Government of Alberta continues to fund and support the arts. (Source: Alberta Culture Annual Survey of Albertans on Culture, Leger Marketing, 2011)

  • 53% of Albertans participated or performed in an arts activity or program at least once in 2011. (Source: Alberta Culture Annual Survey of Albertans on Culture, Leger Marketing, 2011)

  • In 2009-10, total attendance at arts events hosted by AFA funded organizations reached close to 7 million—around 3.5 million paid attendees and 3.5 million unpaid attendees. (Source: 2010-11 AFA Grant Recipient Reporting, Alberta Foundation for the Arts)

  • Three-quarters of Albertans say they enjoy attending arts and cultural events. (Source: Albertans’ Perceptions of Culture and Quality of Life Survey 2005, IPSOS-REID Corp.)

  • 94% of Albertans believe that having a wide variety of cultural activities and events makes Alberta a better please to live. (Source: Albertans’ Perceptions of Culture and Quality of Life Survey 2005, IPSOS REID Corp.)

  • 97% of Albertans believe it is important for every child in Alberta to learn about the culture of the province. (Source: Albertans’ Perceptions of Culture and Quality of Life Survey 2005, IPSOS-REID Corp.)

  • Each year, AFA supports more than 200 schools in bringing artists into the classroom through the Artists and Education grant stream.

  • 86% of Albertans believe that taking part in cultural activities makes them feel good. (Source: Albertans’ Perceptions of Culture and Quality of Life Survey 2005, IPSOS REID Corp.)

  • 81% of Albertans say taking part in cultural activities helps them to relieve stress. (Source: Albertans’ Perceptions of Culture and Quality of Life Survey 2005, IPSOS REID Corp.)

  • Arts organizations in Alberta were supported by more than 53,000 volunteers in 2009-10. (Source: 2010-11 Grant recipient Reporting, 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, http://www.hillstrategies.com/docs/Consumer_spending2008.pdf )

  • Nearly 20% of adult Albertans they had volunteered in the past 12 months in an arts or cultural organization; a music, dance, theatre or multicultural event; an arts festival, conference or workshop; an art exhibition, a folk-arts council or heritage society. (Source: Alberta Culture Annual Survey of Albertans on Culture, Leger Marketing, 2011)

  • In 2006 (most recent census data) nearly 18, 000 Albertans worked as professionals in arts and culture. (Source: Statistics Canada, Professional Occupations in Art and Culture)