Publications

Year: 
2020
This report uses data from the 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts to characterize and compare adults who read books in print only, who read books electronically, and who listen to audiobooks. 62 pp. March 2020
Year: 
2019
This report provides detailed statistics on adults’ patterns of arts participation, based on the 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts. It compares rates of arts attendance, art-making, arts consumption via media, and literary reading among various demographic subgroups. SPPA Appendix Tables (.xlsx file) Arts Data Profile: State‐Level Estimates of Arts Participation Patterns (2017-2018)
Year: 
2019
This first-ever analysis of the Arts Endowment’s Folk & Traditional Arts awards portfolio explores the program’s geographic reach, its capacity to address historically underserved populations, and the activities and achievements of its grantees and partners. October 2019. 36 pp. Sample Projects from the Living Traditions study: African Caribbean Dance Theatre Idaho Commission on the Arts Dolly Jacobs Los Cenzontles Mexican...
Year: 
2019
This report analyzes six federal datasets—but predominantly the American Community Survey and the Current Population Survey—to capture a statistical profile of 11 artist occupations and several types of cultural workers who are non-artists.
Year: 
2019
This report is based on analysis of the 2015 American Housing Survey—specifically an arts module that was co-authored by researchers at the National Endowment of the Arts and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The report enumerates and describes adults who value living near arts/cultural venues. It also reports data on householders who cited greater access to arts...
Year: 
2018
This booklet provides national statistics on visual and performing arts attendance and literary reading rates using the 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts and comparing the results with prior years (2002, 2008, and 2012). September 2018. 12 pp.
Year: 
2017
This report stemmed from a research collaboration with the Economic Research Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It analyzes data from the Rural Establishment Innovation Survey to quantify relationships among arts organizations, design-integrated firms, and business innovators in rural settings. 14 pp.
Year: 
2017
This report analyzes the work of the nation’s Folk Arts Partnerships (aka state folklife programs), identifying how these programs fortify and celebrate cultural heritage while connecting underserved communities to the resources of state arts agencies. Data is drawn from the applications and final reports from FY13-15 of all Folk Arts Partnerships. 42 pp.
Year: 
2017
This report describes arts participation patterns of older adults (aged 55 and over) tracked by the 2014 Health and Retirement Study. The nationally representative sample is also analyzed for its attitudes toward the arts. Central to the report, however, is an examination of the health characteristics (cognitive ability, physical function, and hypertension rates) among adults who created art, who attended...
Year: 
2016
Responding to a need identified by the federal Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development, the NEA commissioned this guide from the cognitive neuroscientist Julene Johnson, PhD, UCSF, and the arts consultant Jeff Chapline, New Art Horizons. It advises arts practitioners and biomedical or behavioral health researchers how to partner effectively in documenting and studying the contributions of...

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