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Volume 24, Number 4 — April 2017

Public Participation in the Arts

The survey is the nation's largest and most representative study of adult arts participation habits, according to the National Endowment for the Arts.
The survey is the nation's largest and most representative study of adult arts participation habits, according to the National Endowment for the Arts.

NEA Releases 2008 Survey Results

December 14, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recently convened a roundtable discussion with national arts service organizations and regional arts organizations to discuss the NEA's 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, the nation's largest and most representative study of adult arts participation habits.

The meeting featured a summary presentation of the survey's findings. The research was conducted in partnership with the United States Census Bureau and asked more than 18,000 people 18 years of age and older about their frequency of arts engagement. The survey has been conducted five times since 1982.

Among the findings that were discussed:

— - Audiences for ballet, classical music, jazz, and theatre are both declining and growing older

— - Americans are increasingly participating in the arts through new media

— - Generation Y reports taking fewer arts classes/lessons

— - Different demographic groups described different cultural preferences

— - Arts participation correlates with higher civic participation

— - Regional differences in arts participation

To learn more about the findings, CLICK HERE.


The survey, geographic research note, questionnaire, raw data and user's guide are available on the NEA website www.arts.gov.

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