Culture and the Arts (WA) commissions independent research consultants to undertake an annual survey of WA's value and attitudes towards culture and the arts.
Arts and culture is considered to be important. 80% agree the Western Australian Government should invest in arts and culture to ensure they are available to the public 93% agree it is important for school children to have access to arts and culture as part of their education.
Perceptions of individual value are highest among females, people who live in inner metropolitan suburbs and those with higher levels of education.
When asked ‘how valuable is the role of arts and culture in your life?’, the Value Index Score is 62.
- Results have remained fairly steady over the past 10 years.
- Similar to previous years, perceptions of individual value are lowest across regional WA. Perceptions of value are also lower among males and those with lower levels of education.
- Perceptions of individual value are highest among females, people who live in inner metropolitan suburbs and those with higher levels of education.
Arts and culture is seen to have a valuable role in the community with a Value Index Score of 75.
- This is the highest score over the past 10 years.
- Perceptions of community value are highest among females, Western Suburbs residents and those with a disability or impairment.
Most people believe the arts benefits the broader community, not just those who participate.
Only 23% of respondents agree that “the arts only helps those people who participate, not the broader community”.
- Results have remained steady over recent years.
- Males and people who mainly speak a language other than English at home are more likely to agree that "the arts only help those who participate, not the broader community." Females, those living in the Western Suburbs and Inner South Suburbs, and people with higher levels of education are more likely to disagree with this statement.