National Arts and Culture Impact Survey Results

Feb 10 2021

Results from the National Arts and Culture Impact Survey (NACIS), conducted in November 2020, are now available. In total, 2,001 individuals and organizations from across Canada completed the survey.

Findings from the NACIS pointed to the following insights:

  • One in two organizations had positive experiences with digital programming, but many respondents indicated that going digital is not right for them.
  • Organizations are fairly optimistic, given the circumstances, while individual artists and arts workers are uncertain about their future in the arts
  • 62% of organizations went digital between August and October, and 80% reported that the experience either met or exceeded their expectations.
  • Government support is generally positively perceived
  • Individual respondents anticipate an 18-month recovery period and as many as one in three are uncertain about their future in the arts.
  • Very high stress and anxiety levels suggest that the impact of the pandemic isn’t just economic

As arts service organizations, we’re concerned not only for the impact on our sector, but for the long-term effect on Canadian communities – and we’ll use these insights to shape our advocacy, strategy, and programming moving forward.” – Katherine Carleton, C.M., Executive Director, Orchestras Canada

Find out more about the NACIS and read the reports here!