Reggae to Rachmaninoff

How and Why People Participate in Arts and Culture

2010, 72 pages, The Urban Institute, 2100 M Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20037, (202) 833-7200 http://www.urban.org

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In 1997, the Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds launched a major national initiative to encourage community foundations to invest in broadening, deepening, and diversifying cultural participation in communities in the United States. The Community Partnerships for Cultural Participation (CPCP) initiative enlisted 10 community foundations as partners and local leaders in encouraging participation in arts and cultural life. These community foundations raised local funding to invest in programs and institutions intended to spur broader, deeper, and more diverse cultural participation in their communities through a wide range of activities.

In January 1998, the Funds commissioned the Urban Institute to evaluate the initiative. This monograph follows our first report from the evaluation—Community Partnerships for Cultural Participation: Concepts, Prospects, and Challenges—which presented our early findings from the first round of field investigations. On the following pages, Urban Institute researchers present findings from a telephone survey of cultural participation in five communities served by three of the community foundations. We offer these findings to inform those who aim to broaden and diversify cultural participation and promote the role of arts and culture in strengthening American communities.

Available online in pdf format from The Urban Institute