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SPPA Mini Quiz


How much of a culture vulture are you? Take this quiz on arts participation and see how you stack up against the average American.1

1. In the last year, did you visit a museum or go to a live arts performance?


2. In the last year, did you read a work of literature (novels and short stories, plays, or poems)?


3. In the last year, did you participate in the arts online (viewing or listening to arts performances, viewing visual arts, getting arts information, or creating art)?


4. In the past year, did you do any of the following art or performing arts activities?

  • Photography/movies
  • Weaving/sewing
  • Painting/drawing/sculpture
  • Playing a musical instrument
  • Dance
  • Own original art


5. Did you take an art class in elementary or secondary school (K-12)?


6. What’s your age?


  1. This quiz is based on data from the National Endowment for the Arts’ 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA), and other related NEA reports.
  2. SPPA 2008, page 1
  3. Beyond Attendance, A Multi-Modal Understanding of Arts Participation, page 16.
  4. Reading on the Rise, 2009, page 3
  5. The Arts and Civic Engagement: Involved in Arts, Involved in Life, page 5
  6. Audience 2.0, page 60
  7. SPPA 2008, page 43
  8. Arts Education in America: What the declines mean for arts participation, page 28
  9. Research Note #101: Three NEA Monographs on Arts Participation: A Research Digest, page 2
  10. Age and Arts Participation: A case against demographic destiny, page 50

Painting: Boats on the Beach of Les-Saintes-Maries by Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) Source: Wikimedia Commons

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