21 Jun 2015

Arts attitudes

From Standing Room Only, 12:47 pm on 21 June 2015

Stephen Wainwright

Creative New Zealand's released the results of its three-yearly survey into New Zealanders' attitudes, attendance and participation in the arts in 2014. Nine out of ten Kiwis have either attended or participated in at least one arts event in the past 12 months - the highest level of engagement since the surveys began in 2005.

But in Christchurch, despite a lot of lobbying and a lot of art being produced, fewer people there now believe art has a vital role in the city's post-earthquake rebuild.

CEO Stephen Wainwright explains how the questions were framed, because that plays a big part in how people answer, and what he hopes will come of the survey.

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