Emerging Themes: How do we measure Cultural Participation?

How can we measure cultural participation meaningfully in this context?

Why the contribution is important

Do you agree with the view emerging from many of our public discussions so far that we need to extend the view of culture so that the emerging, the everyday and the more informal elements of culture in Scotland are held in equal value with the more formal and established forms of cultural engagement like visiting a museum of taking part in a theatrical production? 

by ScotGovCultureSarah on November 27, 2017 at 09:27AM

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  • Posted by girvind November 30, 2017 at 15:30

    Culture includes a sense of place, heritage, belonging, how we celebrate as a community all of this is our culture, not just the formal creative arts. A village christmas celebration is as much a part of Scottish culture as an art exhibit. The arts are part of culture BECAUSE they bring people together in common purpose but they are only a small part of the story.
  • Posted by lewishou November 30, 2017 at 17:44

    Absolutely agree with this, and indeed, by it's very nature, if it was ever quantifiable, the majority of the cultural ecosystem is everyday creativity/culture/community-led, and it is by definition reflective of the whole of society, diverse and rich. This cultural capital is an essential climate to support and develop the creative industries and professional talent, but isn't supported in the same ways, especially when libraries, community spaces and small pots of funding that help realise these voluntary groups are being increasing cut and/or commercialised.
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