How a Nation Engages with Art: Highlights from the 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA)

This report presents results from an initial analysis of the 2012 SPPA. It contains statistics with demographic insights about U.S. adults' participation across five modes of art activity: attending; reading books and literature; consuming through electronic media; making and sharing; and learning. Findings are discussed for specific art forms and trend data provided where possible. Also includes links to additional data and resources for researchers.

Additional information for researchers

From Surveys to Solutions: Engaging Audiences in the Arts: A January 12, 2015 NEA/California Arts Council event at which Chairman Chu announced of three new NEA research reports, including this publication, exploring who participates in the arts and why, as well as the arts as an economic engine. The announcement was followed by a panel discussion about how this new information can enable arts organizations to effectively understand their audiences and develop strategies to engage them.