In recent weeks, Rafael Tovar y de Teresa, president of Mexico's National Council for Culture and the Arts (Conaculta), presented details of the Satellite Account for Culture for the years 2008 to 2011. This satellite account is part of the national accounting system that keeps daily data on a variety of subjects, such as families and social issues. Mexico has previously had satellite accounts on tourism, health, and the issue of unpaid household work.
The report showed that culture represented 2.7% of Mexican GDP and employed 780,000 workers. The director of economic statistics for the National Institute of Statistics, Geography and Informatics (INEGI) mentioned, in addition, that households spent 3.8% of their budgets on cultural product consumption. Among cultural event attendees, data showed that children took part primarily in creative workshops, 18 to 29 year olds made greater use of the Internet and attended live shows, and 30 to 49 year olds opted more for national fairs and events.
A seminar will be held shortly with experts from the field to analyze and discuss the main findings. The indicators used will make it possible to draw comparisons with other countries. The data collected also served to develop the new Conaculta cultural program for 2013 to 2015, as described in the February 2014 newsletter.
The National Council for Culture and the Arts (Conaculta) was created to coordinate cultural and artistic policies, organizations, and agencies. It supports, sponsors, and promotes cultural and artistic events. It also serves as guarantor of artists' creative freedom while encouraging artistic expression from the country's various regions and social groups in order to promote, preserve, and enrich the artistic, cultural, and historical riches that constitute Mexico's heritage.