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Survey of Public Participation in the Arts

This weekend, millions of American workers will take a break from the daily grind, including artists and arts workers. Learn more about this segment of the workforce in this Labor Day quiz. *********************************************** Q How many working artists are there in the U.S.? [showhide...
Pencils by Jacson Querubin thanks to a Creative Commons license Little over a year ago, the National Endowment for the Arts published a research report titled Arts Education in America: What the Declines Mean for Arts Participation [PDF]. As the title suggests, authors Nick Rabkin and Eric Hedberg...
Row of Seats by flickr user trancedmoogle Just before the holidays, the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) released a 171-page stocking stuffer, America’s Youth: Transitions to Adulthood . The report compiles and analyzes nationally...
"How Big Is Your World? Riverside, CA Multicultural Youth Festival III Riverside, Ca. April 29, 2007" by flickr user danorth1 Last week, after my presentation to the National Council on the Arts, newly appointed member Aaron Dworkin raised his hand. What did I think of a report just...
Washington, DC " LA Open House " courtesy of flickr user SNRE (University of Michigan School of Natural Resources) This summer, the National Endowment for the Arts is piloting its 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA). The SPPA underwent major surgery this year, in the...
Washington, DC Colorful Art , by Leogirly4life via Flickr When we look at the growth of not-for-profit arts organizations---particularly of performing arts groups---and the declines in attendance over a comparable period, it becomes hard not to declare a state of disequilibrium. As Chairman...
March 29, 2010 Washington, DC Rocco greets NCA member Terry Teachout before the start of the public session of the 169th meeting of the National Council on the Arts. Photo by Kathy Plowitz-Worden Friday was a bit of a gloomy day here in Washington, DC, but things were pretty lively inside the Old...
March 25, 2010 Washington, DC The Red Cedar Trio perform Rural Outreach concerts at the tiny rural Czech community near Solon, Iowa. This concert at Sts. Peter and Paul Church featured the music of little-known 19th-century Czech composer Wenceslaus Metiegka. (Photo by Leonard Strutmann) If you...