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.

Beyond Attendance: A Multi-Modal Understanding of Arts Participation

February 2011
Jennifer L. Novak-Leonard, Alan S. Brown
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. February 2011. 104 pp.

The Artist as Philanthropist: Strengthening the Next Generation of Artist-Endowed Foundations: Volume 2 Considerations in Foundation Practice

January 2010
Christine J. Vincent
A study of the emerging artist-endowed foundation field in the United States.

The Artist as Philanthropist: Strengthening the Next Generation of Artist-Endowed Foundations: Volume 1 Findings: Overview of the Field

November 2010
Christine J. Vincent
A study of the emerging artist-endowed foundation field in the United States.

Fearless Journeys: Innovation in Five American Orchestras

May 2010
Lela Tepavac, Ph.D. Edited by Catherine Marciariello
Fearless Journeys is a first-of-its-kind case study about innovation in orchestras. The five stories featured in the book are only a few examples of how the orchestra field is testing important new approaches to administrative/artistic organization, community partnerships, and artistic initiatives. The Conclusion focuses on the factors that have enabled innovation in all five orchestras in the study. This is critical knowledge that orchestras can use. As important, the book serves as hard evidence that, even in these challenging times, the field is taking risks and discovering ways to become increasingly resilient.