The report’s focus on the arts as one way to build belonging aims to address the reality that one-third of Canadians report a weak sense of belonging to their community due in part to the persistence of discrimination and social isolation. Among the report’s positive findings:
- 77% of Canadians agree or strongly agree that arts experiences help people feel part of their local community. This is especially true for newcomers and people in minority-language communities.
- Canadians who regularly attend live music have a stronger sense of belonging to their city or town.
- Canadians who rate arts, culture and leisure in their community as “excellent” are nearly three times more likely to report a “very strong” sense of belonging.
Read the full report here: http://communityfoundations.ca/artsandbelonging/