Arts Census

Share your views on the state of the arts in Brantford and Brant County.

The Arts Census is a first of its kind long-form survey that will capture how artists and creatives view their industries, presently and into the future.


Where and who are our artists and creatives?

Work & Labour

How are your work and labour being compensated?

Your Practice

How do you develop and market your creative work?

Future Visions

What does an ideal future for the arts look like to you?


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What is the Brantford/Brant Arts Census?

This is a long-form quantitative and qualitative survey designed to be taken by artists and creatives living and/or practicing in Brantford and Brant County.

The Arts Census seeks to better understand the state of the arts in Brantford/Brant according to the artists that make up our creative ecology. Similar to a traditional census, the Brantford/Brant Arts Census is designed to provide quality and comprehensive data about demographics, work & labour, creative practice, and future visions of our artists and creatives.

We aim to offer our artists and creatives an opportunity to anonymously provide their honest views, opinions, and suggestions about the state of the arts in Brantford/Brant, how said state influences their work and its outcomes, and their visions for the future.

Why are we conducting an Arts Census and why is it important?

This research will set a precedent in Brantford/Brant by collecting, synthesizing, and analyzing data which have not yet been collected at this scale and scope.

We require accurate data to make strong decisions that are reflective of the true state of the artistic and creative community within which we live and work. We are especially interested in reflective qualitative data that capture the voices of our artists and creatives in ways that reflect their priorities and views.

This Census is vital as we seek to nurture our creative ecology, at present and, more importantly, into the future. We are experiencing a renaissance in arts and creativity in Brantford/Brant, specifically as we emerge from the pandemic, work to build a mid-sized performance space in Brantford, and are witnessing an influx of new citizens.

The results of the Census will provide a powerful tool for us to continue advocating the needs of our artists and creatives, and to continue working towards realizing the artistic and creative ecology within which they will thrive.

When and how will the results of the Arts Census be shared?

The Arts Census will be open for completion during Summer 2022, with an anticipated closing date in early Fall 2022.

An interactive report with a downloadable component will be shared in late Fall 2022 on the Arts Ecology website, sent to our members on our mailing list, and announced on our social media.

We will also be presenting this report to stakeholder institutions, such as Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Wilfrid Laurier University, Tourism Brantford and Brant County, as we continue to work with our partners on current and future projects that enable and support, and develop and elevate the arts and creative sectors in Brantford and Brant County.

These data will continue to inform future research as well.

I have questions or comments, who can I contact?

You can email your questions directly to the Arts Census research team at [email protected], by reaching out to one of our researchers, or by visiting the contact page.