Opportunities to Participate in Arts and Cultural Activities
Art and culture are aspects of community identity, and social life. They are integral in forming national identity, community networks and preserving social knowledge. Pursuits involving art and culture such as sculpture, history (museums and historic buildings), music, indigenous culture, mixed media and the like also, provide a social commentary, add interest to our surroundings, and remind us of our heritage. Much of art and culture examines social events and trends, thereby facilitating reflection on societal values (ABS, 2001).
As growth industries, culture and leisure are important to Australia’s economic well-being. The culture and leisure sector also contributes to economic development through facilitating creativity, innovation and self-reflection (ABS, 2001).
People with Enough Opportunities to Participate in Arts and Related Activities in Local Area: expressed as a percentage of the adult population.
A small number of survey respondents (representing 15.8% of the weighted survey estimates across Victoria) answered that they didn't know, didn't participate in arts and related activities, or refused to answer the survey question. These respondents have been excluded from the data analysis. Rates of non-response across LGAs ranged from 4.9% to 22.4%.
If a respondent indicated that he/she didn't participate in arts and related activities, survey interviewers coded that response as if it were a 'don't know' response. No additional questions were asked regarding the reasons why the respondent didn't participate in arts and related activities.
QC3. Do you agree or disagree that there are enough opportunities in your local area for you to participate in arts and related activities? Strongly agree; Agree; Neither agree nor disagree; Disagree; Strongly disagree.
The measure is based on responses of 'Strongly agree' or 'Agree' to this question.
Source of Question
This question was designed in consultation with various stakeholders.