Between February 12 and March 29, 2019, Arts BC collected survey data to assess the digital literacy levels of BC arts and culture workers as part of its DigistARTS program, which is designed to build digital literacy in the arts and culture sector across BC. Nearly 200 artists and arts organizations from across the province responded.
Among the findings:
Individual artists were best at using digital technology to find and access information, and lease confident in using tools, creating content, and analyzing data.
The most salient barriers to artists accessing digital technology was a lack of understanding of the resources available, as well as lack of funding and general digital skills.
81% of organizations do not have a digital strategy, but most are ready to learn about different digital tools and how they can help with planning.
Organizations are most comfortable using digital tools for communication (e.g., social media), and least comfortable using them to create art and collaborate with other organizations.
The majority of organizations cite a lack of funding while remaining largely unaware of free tools (many of which can save time and free up staff capacity).
You can view the full report here.