On February 24, 2011, Sunil Iyengar, Director of the NEA's Office of Research & Analysis, and the authors of three independent reports analyzing the data from the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA), presented their findings and answered questions in a public webinar. The reports explore how factors such as arts education, age and generational characteristics, and personal creativity have affected arts participation patterns in the U.S.
PDFs of the PowerPoints of the three report presentations and Mr. Iyengar's introduction are available for download.
Video of the webinar segments includes the PowerPoint presentation and the question and answer period.
Arts Education in America : What the Declines Mean for Arts Participation
This report, commissioned from the NORC at the University of Chicago, investigates the relationship between arts education and arts participation, based on data from the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts for 1982, 1992, 2002, and 2008. The report also examines long-term declines in Americans' reported rates of arts learning—in creative writing, music, and the visual arts, among other...
Age and Arts Participation: A Case against Demographic Destiny
Mark Stern, University of Pennsylvania, analyzes the relationship between age and arts participation in the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts data for 1982, 1992, 2002, and 2008. The report concludes that age and year of birth are poor predictors of arts participation and that the age distribution of art-goers now generally mirrors that of the U.S. adult population.
Beyond Attendance: A Multi-Modal Understanding of Arts Participation
Report authors Jennifer Novak-Leonard and Alan Brown of WolfBrown explore patterns of arts engagement across three modes: arts creation or performance, arts engagement through media, and attendance at arts activities. The report highlights the overlap in participation across modes, and examines factors that drive participation within and between modes.
Preview of Three New SPPA Reports: Introduction
Preview of Three New SPPA Reports: Arts Education in America: What Declines Mean for Participation
Preview of Three New SPPA Reports: The Declining Significance of Age
Preview of Three New SPPA Reports: A Multi-Modal Understanding of Arts Participation
Preview of Three New SPPA Reports: Concluding Remarks and Open Q&A