Creating, Practicing, and Performing Art in the U.S.: Demographic and Rural/Urban Differences

Posted October 2020

The subject of this profile is the 2018 Arts Basic Survey (ABS), which is produced jointly by the Arts Endowment’s Office of Research & Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau. The ABS reveals the number and share of U.S. adults who personally perform or create artworks.

The interactive graphic below illustrates results from the survey. Select an activity, then use the drop-down list to learn how participation varies by gender, age, race and ethnicity, and educational attainment.