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Alberta continues to be at a crossroads brought by a pandemic that has changed public life and reshaped our economy. This is especially true in the Arts & Culture sector which continues to experience a decline in engagement with events and activities. With this in mind, we contracted research firm Stone-Olafson to conduct in-depth research on the current engagement of arts audiences in the province. Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Calgary Arts Development, Calgary Foundation, Edmonton Arts Council, and Edmonton Community Foundation have all stepped forward to help fund this project.

This work was developed for this sector exclusively, and funded by arts-supporting foundations in Calgary and Edmonton. It builds upon research that began in 2020 but is designed to provide specific, relevant and reliable facts to support the leaders in the arts and culture sector as they build relevance and grow attendance. The project is two years long and will have six waves of in-field research and results.


Funding Partners:

Research Wave 2

The results from the first research have been shared in person in Calgary. They include:

  • Exploring arts audiences' engagement and general perceptions

  • Understanding audiences’ preferences for content, programming, and ticket purchasing

  • Understanding opportunities for increasing support and engagement through fund development

Research Wave 1

The results from the first research have been shared in person in Calgary and Edmonton. They include:

• Current audience behaviours, habits, and patterns

• Current attitudes and perceptions towards the arts

• Barriers to engagement and support

• Programming and communication preferences

• Perceptions of value in a tight economy

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