The Arts in Numbers


As the arts have been burgeoning in Malaysia and Penang, we take a glimpse at the number of arts-related societies and arts and humanities education in the country. Table 1 shows the number of various registered and active arts-related societies in Malaysia. There are more cultural arts societies compared to other types of arts-related societies – perhaps due to higher appeal amongst communities and lesser funding required to set up and operate, unlike photography societies that require the purchase of equipment.

The Penang Art Society and ArtMalaysia are two established art societies in Malaysia; ArtMalaysia is the biggest art society at the national level.

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