Other Publications

Time and Money: Using Federal Data to Measure the Value of Performing Arts Activities

April 2011
National Endowment for the Arts
A new research note that looks at the value of the arts in three ways: time spent on arts activities, organizational revenue and expenses, and direct consumer spending.

Culture Connects All: Rethinking Audiences in Times of Demographic Change

April 2011
Partners for Livable Communities
Culture Connects All, benchmark report published by Partners for Livable Communities and funded by MetLife Foundation, offers new audience-building opportunities for arts and cultural organizations to engage two of America’s fastest growing populations: older adults and immigrant populations.

The Art Of Participation: Shared Lessons In Audience Engagement

November 2010
Patricia Harris Dixon
In 2006, Boston became one of the first two cities selected for the Wallace Foundation’s Excellence Awards initiative. Thus began a four-year collaboration among the Wallace Foundation, the Boston Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council to increase public participation in the arts.

Age and arts participation: A case against demographic destiny

February 2011
Mark J. Stern
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. February 2011. 88 pp.

Arts education in America: What the declines mean for arts participation

February 2011
Nick Rabkin, E.C. Hedberg
This report, commissioned from the National Opinion Research Center 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 disciplines. Authors Nick Rabkin and E.C. Hedberg find that the declines are not distributed evenly across all racial and ethnic groups. February 2011. 56 pp.