Publications

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2007
This report is a new and comprehensive analysis of reading patterns of children, teenagers, and adults in the United States. To Read or Not To Read assembled data on reading trends from more than 40 sources, including federal agencies, universities, foundations, and associations. The compendium expands the investigation of the NEA's landmark 2004 report, Reading at Risk, and reveals recent...
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2007
More than 1.6 million Americans volunteered with arts or cultural organizations in 2005. In contrast to volunteers with other types of organizations, arts volunteers are older, better educated, and more giving of their time. More than 7 million Americans, meanwhile, provided free artistic services to non-arts groups such as schools or churches.
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2007
Regardless of a person's education level, gender, or age, performing arts attendance increases the probability of volunteering by 25 percentage points. Moreover, levels of activity, including arts and sports attendance, are better predictors of volunteering than are demographic traits.
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2006
This research paper explores the compelling link between arts participation and broader civic and community involvement, as measured by the NEA's Survey of Public Participation in the Arts. The report also reveals that young adults show declines in participation rates for most arts and civic categories.
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2006
The 2005 labor market improved for the civilian work force and for most workers in artist occupations. Employment in artist jobs grew to 2.1 million workers, while the artist unemployment rate declined from 5.1% in 2004 to 4.4% in 2005.
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2006
Economic census data show 9,303 performing arts companies in 2002, up by 104 from 1997. The data also reveal that many states with large numbers of companies, such as New York and California, lost organizations, while small states such as North Dakota and Mississippi added companies.
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2006
Drawing on a variety of data sources and analyses, this note addresses access to classical radio. It examines key classical radio characteristics, including trends in station counts and listening hours, as well as the finances of classical radio.
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2006
Consumer expenditures on arts performances reached $12.7 billion, but when adjusted for inflation, year-over-year spending held steady. For other spectator events, inflation-adjusted ("real") spending declined from 2004 levels.
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2005
Analysis of the 2002 SPPA shows that arts participants, adults who read literature, listened to classical or jazz radio, or attended a performing arts event, were more likely than non-arts participants to engage in other leisure activities such as attending sporting events and doing volunteer or charity work.
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2005
This note draws on a report issued by the Department of Education to track college arts courses taken by the high school graduating classes of 1972, 1982, and 1992, within 8.5 years of completing high school.
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