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Arts Facts using CADAC Data: A Portrait of 77 Art Museums / Public Art Galleries

November 5, 2015
Subject: CADAC

Prepared by the Research and Evaluation Section, in collaboration with the Visual Arts Section, this report highlights CADAC (Canadian Arts Data / Données sur les arts au Canada) facts on a sampling of museums and public galleries in Canada. Using CADAC data, the report provides a picture of Canada Council funded visual arts organizations in Canada, their activities and organizational stability.

The data in the report centres on four themes: economic impact; Canadian artists reaching audiences; access to the arts; and public participation and support. Some of the key findings from the 2013 report on Museums and Public Galleries in Canada are:

  • More than $110M in public investment and $50M in private support went to these museums and galleries;
  • 8,463 artists were featured in 907 local exhibitions attracting more than 4.4M in attendance;
  • 38% of total arts education and arts learning activities were designed for children, and more than 10% for youth;
  • More than 1.3M in attendance and participants in 30,217 arts education and arts learning activities that add value to the artistic programming activities.

A similar report on artist-run centres is also available here.

CADAC is a web‐based system which has now been in place for five years and is beginning to provide a rich source of reliable data on almost 2,000 Canadian arts organizations. CADAC partners include provincial, territorial and municipal arts funders (https://www.thecadac.ca/).