The next step for a Regional Cultural Plan

CNY Arts has compiled results of its survey on cultural and creative opportunities, and what people really want

A survey of six counties that started last year has come up with some interesting 'facts' about what we expect for fun and entertainment, and is the start of getting more economic benefit from our 'spare time' activities.

CNY Arts is out with the results of the survey. Executive Director Stephen Butler says the survey got over 8,000 responses,mostly from the general public, but also from artists and 'cultural' organizations and 'community leaders.

The survey says that an overwhelming number (40%) enjoys live music and concerts the most, with camping fishing and hunting a distant second (27%) tied with theater and musicals (26%). Sports came in 10th, with 10% of those surveyed saying they liked them best. (below reading at 12%).

Two key findings: People want to know more about what's going on, so the Go to CNY Arts website calendar is being beefed up. AND, while people say they like to do things, they like to do them for free, so there's a renewed push toward monetizing festivals and other events, big and small.

88% of those surveyed said they do get out and participate in activities, and Butler says he's also heard from community leaders who want to include more 'culture' as an economic driver (example: if an event is a destination point, someone who's coming iwll often spend more on fringes, like a meal, or check out other possibilities nearby, like shopping)

The survey covers Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga and Oswego Counties

You can read the complete ENGAGE CNY summary and plan