Survey of Public Participation in the Arts [1982 - 2008, United States]

Collection Overview

Produced By: National Endowment for the Arts

Funding Agency/Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts

Author: National Endowment for the Arts

Abstract (CPANDA): The Survey of Public Participation in the Arts collects data on Americans' participation in the arts, including the performing arts, the visual arts, and the literary arts. The survey is conducted by the Research Division of the National Endowment for the Arts. The 1982, 1985 and 1992 surveys were conducted by the Bureau of the Census, as a supplement to a larger national survey, the National Crime Survey (NCS). The 1997 survey was conducted by Westat. The 2002 and 2008 surveys were conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as a supplement to the Current Population Survey. The Survey of Public Participation in the Arts 1982-2008 cumulative file was produced to facilitate trend analysis. Because arts participation rates have changed over this time-frame, the cumulative file is not recommended as a source to calculate current arts participation. At this time, the most current data source for estimating arts participation is the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts.

The data from the study are archived at: