NEA Arts Magazine

NEA Releases New Research Brief on Civic and Arts Activities

In November, the NEA released The Arts and Civic Engagement: Involved in Arts, Involved in Life, the first large population survey to articulate links between arts participation and community health. Based on data from the 2002 NEA Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, the study reveals that people who participate in the arts also engage in positive civic and individual activities -- including volunteering and attending sports events -- at significantly higher rates than non-arts participants. The study also found that young adults are less involved in civic life. For a copy of the report, please visit the Research section.